DALLAS — Fourteen defendants in the Fort Worth-Dallas area were arrested this morning for defrauding the federal government of more than $100 million in fake Medicare billings.
Individuals from Arlington, Dallas, Grand Prairie, Rowlett, Irving and Houston have been arrested on various charges, outlined in five indictments, regarding their respective roles in several unrelated health care fraud conspiracies, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. Two additional defendants that are named in the indictments are already in federal custody.
In one of the cases charged today, the defendants submitted claims for services to Medicare patients whose only connection to the defendants were that their names happened to be on a list of stolen Medicare identification numbers the defendants had obtained. The patients never visited the defendants’ business and never received any of the diagnostic tests and office visits for which their Medicare benefits were charged, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“The success of today’s Strike Force operation can be attributed to the combined investigative resources of the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT),” said FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Diego G. Rodriguez. “Continued efforts of these multi-agency teams reduce fraud, recover taxpayer dollars and remove fraudsters from abusing our Medicare and Medicaid programs.” -- Mitch Mitchell