• Medicare Strike Force Arrests 18 in Alleged Scheme
  • October 7, 2008 | Author: Martha S. Henley
  • Law Firm: King & Spalding LLP - Atlanta Office
  • The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that on Thursday, September 18, 2008, the Medicare Strike Force – a group of state and federal investigators – arrested 18 individuals in the greater Los Angeles area suspected of engaging in a series of schemes to defraud Medicare. The alleged schemes involved fraudulent billing of Medicare for $33-million worth of medical equipment, including power wheelchairs, hospital beds, feeding kits and specialized shoes for diabetics.

    Individuals charged include physicians assistants who falsified prescriptions for the products, those who recruited “patients” who did not actually need the products, and owners of companies submitting the false claims for reimbursement to Medicare. The scheme was uncovered through a “real time” review of Medicare claims data. The Medicare Strike force has indicted 175 people suspected of Medicare fraud since its inception. The strike force began operating in Los Angeles earlier this year.