By Andrew Keshner and Catherina Gioino
Ten Brooklyn and Queens doctors and health-care providers are charged with fleecing Medicare and Medicaid out of more than $125 million as part of nationwide scams that bilked the federal government out of a whopping $1.3 billion, prosecutors said Thursday.
The defendants nabbed in the four federal cases in Brooklyn are among 412 people charged in cases linked to the billion-dollar phony health-care billings. The fraud constitutes the biggest crackdown of its kind, according to authorities.
Those arrested include 120 people accused of improperly prescribing opioids and other dangerous drugs.
None of the opioid-linked defendants is tied to the Brooklyn prosecutions. But the defendants charged in New York “took advantage of programs designed to provide essential health care for the elderly and the needy,” acting Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde said.
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Source: The New York Daily News (via The Empire Report)