State Plays Role in Big Medical Fraud 'Takedown'

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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.
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The Office of the Indiana Attorney General is detailing results of a major effort to uncover health care fraud. In all, the office's Medicaid Fraud Control Unity was involved with seven investigations that have led to the indictments of two companies and 15 individuals.

The announcement of the crackdown is connected to a U.S. Office of Inspector General-led initiative called Fraud Takedown Week, which is billed as the largest effort of its kind in U.S. history. The criminal investigations in Indiana involved cooperation among the state, the Kentucky Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the FBI, DEA and IRS.

Attorney General Curtis Hill says some $1 million in alleged fraud was uncovered. "Medicaid fraud is not a victimless crime. When licensed professionals and organizations target those who rely on Medicaid, they're also putting taxpayers on the hook. These actions truly impact all of us. The culmination of these investigations is extremely rewarding for the investigators and lawyers in our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit who work tirelessly to bring these offenders to justice. I applaud their efforts."

The alleged illegal activity involved crimes including false and fraudulent billing, distributing and prescribing controlled substances without legitimate medical purpose and money laundering.

You can read more details about the crimes by clicking here.

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