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More Medicare fraud charges announced in Detroit

Federal prosecutors in Detroit have charged another 28 people in three alleged Medicare fraud schemes.

The allegations outline typical Medicare fraud schemes totaling over 28-million dollars.

One scheme involved 14 people operating out of the Detroit suburb of Livonia, who allegedly submitted fraudulent claims for home health care services.

Detroit is one of nine U.S. cities with a dedicated Medicare Fraud Strike Force.  U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade says health care providers can commit Medicare fraud by preying on the most vulnerable.

“We have a lot of who are out of work, and we have people who are willing to provide their private information to providers in exchange for cash,” McQuade says.

Detroit’s Strike Force has charged 138 people with Medicare fraud since its inception in 2009.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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