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94 charged in Medicare scams totaling $251M...did you hear about this?

Suspects across the country were accused of billing Medicare for unnecessary equipment, physical therapy and other treatments that patients never received. In one $72 million scam at Bay Medical in Brooklyn, clinic owners submitted bogus physical therapy claims for elderly Russian immigrants.

Patients, including undercover agents, were paid $50 to $100 a visit in exchange for using their Medicare numbers and got bonuses for recruiting new patients. Wiretaps captured hundreds of kickback payments doled out in a backroom by a man who did nothing but pay patients all day, authorities said.


Asked by geminisummerz at 8:12 PM on Jul. 16, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • wow. that's awful.

    Answer by jennifer588 at 8:14 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

  • They are always trying because they can get away with it most of the time. Happens more than you will ever know.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:47 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

  • No surprise. Ripping off the government is one of the easiest frauds to commit.

    Answer by Izsarejman at 10:08 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

  • It's awful but it's no surprise to me. Some people are just money hungry and don't care who their stealing the money from.

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 8:22 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

  • There was a doctors office that was raided about 45 minutes away from my home town last year. The doctor was doing something similiar but not to that degree. He was also prescribing drugs to patients who didnt know it and selling them


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:18 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

  • These kinds of things are why social security and medicare aren't going to be around to take care of us. I wonder what those scammers were thinking????

    Answer by kjrn79 at 8:17 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

  • People are always trying to get over makes hard on everybody else.

    Answer by mamaofficer at 8:17 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

  • That's disgusting.

    Answer by beckcorc at 8:16 PM on Jul. 16, 2010

  • Glad they got caught.

    Answer by parrishsky at 12:23 AM on Jul. 17, 2010

  • This isn't the first time this has happened. They have uncovered fraud like this several times. But, now, in this economic climate, it feels like someone has stolen even more from us.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 2:29 PM on Jul. 17, 2010