91 doctors, medical professionals charged in health care fraud

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WASHINGTON — A federal strike force charged 91 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals across the country in connection with phony bills totaling nearly $430 million — the latest in a series of busts by the Obama administration to attack rising government losses to health care fraud.

Since May 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force under the Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services has conducted a series of sweeps and arrested more than 1,480 defendants on suspicion of more than $4.8 billion in health care fraud — including more than $230 in home health care fraud and over $100 million in community health care schemes.

Timothy J. Delaney, acting assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, said bills were routinely submitted for “inflated rates of service, or for services that were never provided.”

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