U.S. announces $1.2 billion healthcare crackdown

WASHINGTON - The U.S. On Wednesday, the US Justice Department announced a $1.2 billion healthcare fraud investigation,

charging 36 people with suspected fraudulent billing schemes including telemedicine, genetic and cardiovascular tests, and equipment.

Between July 11 and July 20, criminal indictments were released in 13 federal districts,

targeting clinical laboratory operators, marketers, medical practitioners, and telemedicine executives.

Prosecutors claimed the scams were designed to defraud Medicare

of $1.2 billion, but the actual losses were closer to $440 million.

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