US Charges Over 600 "Despicable, Greedy People" In Multi-Billion Dollar Healthcare Fraud

With the opioid crisis still in full swing (and researchers reporting on Wednesday 70,000 opioid-related deaths that were not added to official statistics over the past 20 years) The Department of Justice announced on Thursday the conclusion of a year-long crackdown on opioid overprescribers that led to the indictment of more than 600 people - including 76 doctors - on health-care fraud charges. All told, the DOJ found that the crimes resulted in more than $2 billion in losses for Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare, as well as private insurers.

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Medical professionals were also charged with contributing to the country's opioid epidemic by unlawfully distributing millions of opioid pills.

"The perpetrators really are despicable and greedy people," US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at a press conference.

According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the investigation represents the biggest health-care fraud case the DOJ has ever undertaken.

This is the most doctors, the most medical personnel, and the most fraud that the Department of Justice has ever taken on in any single law enforcement action.  This is the most defendants we’ve ever charged with health care fraud.  It’s also the most opioid-related fraud defendants we’ve ever charged in a single enforcement action.

In a speech announcing the takedown, Sessions accused the fraudsters of siphoning off US tax dollars and wasting money that was earmarked for military health care. One doctor was charged with defrauding Medicare of more than $112 million by distributing 2.2 million unnecessary doses of opioids. And 16 of the doctors swept up in the takedown were responsible for circulating more than 20.3 million pills illegally.

These cases are vitally important not only to the victims of these fraudsters, but to the entire country.  Many of these fraudsters have stolen our tax dollars—and many have helped flood our streets with drugs.

For example, one doctor allegedly defrauded Medicare of more than $112 million by distributing 2.2 million unnecessary doses of drugs like oxycodone and fentanyl.

In another case, 13 defendants in one fraud scheme allegedly defrauded taxpayers of more than $126 million, much of which was intended to pay for health care for our troops.

These are despicable crimes and we’re not going to tolerate them.

More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, and it's likely that total deaths climbed in 2017, possibly past the 70,000 mark.

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The epidemic caused life expectancy in the US to fall for the second straight year in 2017, a phenomenon that, in the past, has had ominous implications for markets.

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Comments

overbet JimmyJones Fri, 06/29/2018 - 13:15 Permalink

I had a loose script Dr like this once. Unfortunately he is retired now. When you went into his office he would pull out his script pad and asked what do you want very much like a travel stop diner waitress.

He liked to talk about the stock market, bios particularly. He really hated Dendreon and always told me to short it. He also liked to talk about how the government covered up the existence of aliens and how he had seen aliens multiple times. After 5 minutes of small talk about markets, corrupt government and aliens he would write anything you requested. I mean anything. He had been in trouble for this in the past and hated the government, hated regulation and was close to retirement so I think he really didnt give a shit anymore.

I miss that guy. Best Dr ever. Allow me to freely make my own personal choices not some bought and paid for FDA or DOJ shill telling me what I can or cant do to my own body. Right feminazis? My body my choice or something like that.

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Walking Turtle overbet Fri, 06/29/2018 - 13:42 Permalink

"I miss that guy. Best Dr ever. Allow me to freely make my own personal choices not some bought and paid for FDA or DOJ shill telling me what I can or cant do to my own body."

Had one of those mese'f, once.  STILL glad to have met him - missed him sorely when he passed on. 

Closest online equivalent, these days, has proved to be clear sky pharmacy dot biz btw & fwiw.  Just sayin'!  And that is all. 0{;-)o[

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JRobby XBroker1 Fri, 06/29/2018 - 16:55 Permalink

Viagra killed off a bunch when it first came out. As the "Bunnyranch staff" stated: "I started seeing customers I had not seen for 4 or 5 years!"

They were dropping dead in the saddle.

If your dick isn't working, it's a warning you have some health issues. Possibly major health issues.

Big Pharma: "bring out your dead "clang!""

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Faeriedust overbet Fri, 06/29/2018 - 20:41 Permalink

All right, I'm female and have been accused of being a Nazi (which IS an insult, because Nazis were horribly inefficient and disorganized by my standards).  I'm with you 1000%.  NO ONE should have the right to dictate what goes into MY body to ME, or YOUR body, to YOU.  They aren't the ones who have to live with the consequences.

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el buitre dirty fingernails Fri, 06/29/2018 - 14:05 Permalink

So the prescribers who are contributing to the problem and now thier customers will switch to the illegal drug suppliers. Brilliant.

Well, that's good for the Bush/Clinton crime family with their majority shares in CIA Inc.  Since the USA invaded Afghanistan, poppy production has risen 1400%.  They don't call him Poppy Bush for nothing.  But I am sure that is just a coincidence and that having US grunts guard the poppy fields is just a bureaucratic snafu.  The so-called opioid crisis is just another tentacle in the planned Agenda 21 to take down the USA as a viable country.  Congress deliberately passed new legislation a few years ago which makes it nearly impossible to prosecute Big Pharma corporations and their top management for opioid "irregularities."  

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BetweenThe Coasts el buitre Fri, 06/29/2018 - 15:06 Permalink

And all this does is make it harder for people with cancer, etc to get the pain control they need, especially with the Feds now sniffing up every doctor's butt that still prescribes. Still only a few states were you can get cannabis legally as an opioid alternative for pain without signing up for medical cannabis and giving your gun rights away. 

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Stan522 eatapeach Fri, 06/29/2018 - 12:32 Permalink

Here's Trumps fraud and abuse he wants to remove...

This is why government should be in charge of as little as possible, because they are easily gamed and very little oversight. Reduce the size and scope of all government agencies... This thinking is opposite of the democrat's and probably is one of the biggest core differences between the two party's....

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Giant Meteor lew1024 Fri, 06/29/2018 - 12:55 Permalink

Exactly . Classic bait and switch . Distract and divide. 

Cheney in example , in response to then treasury secretary who pointed out rightfully, those wars will bankrupt us. “Don’t worry about deficits Paul , this is our due.”

Mythical creatures these liberals and conservatives , meanings that have become so bastardized as to be essentially meaningless. They all feast on government largesse and act to do the bidding of the money changers. So clear, and yet ...

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Giant Meteor Savvy Fri, 06/29/2018 - 16:56 Permalink

Let me break it down for ya ..

This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.

Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

Hope this clears things up !

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