Southern California White Collar Crime Blogs Weigh in on Massive Medicare Bust
Blogs and local media outlets dedicated to covering breaking news about Southern California white collar crime have been lighting up over a huge Medicare scam bust sprung the Friday before last. CBS and the AP report that, on Friday July 16th, Federal authorities took down 94 people in conjunction with over $250 million worth of Medicare fraud in five states.
This constituted the largest bust of its kind in history.
Suspects were arrested in Baton Rouge, Houston, New York, Detroit, and Miami for doing things like billing Medicare for physical therapy, medications, and treatments that never took place; purchasing phantom equipment; and engaging in elaborate cover up activities. The largest scam took place at the Bay Medical Clinic in Brookline, where authorities contend that the operators of the fraud ring stole $72 million from Medicare by submitting false claims on behalf of senior Russian immigrants. Over 3,700 claims got filed under the name of one elderly woman alone, and many patients literally sold their Medicare numbers to make extra money. At Bay Medical, authorities alleged a room had been set up replete with Soviet Union style propaganda, including a Lenin era poster that warned in Russian “be on the lookout: in these days the walls talk.”