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Forty-eight in Texas arrested on Medicare fraud charges

On its website, the federal government's Department of Justice recently announced that it arrested 601 people in 58 federal districts across the nation as part of its Medicare Fraud Takedown. Among those who have been taken into custody were 76 doctors who face charges related to the "prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics," the DOJ stated.

The Houston Chronicle reported that the operation includes 48 people in the Southern District of Texas who have been charged with falsely billing Medicare for almost $300 million in medical expenses.

Law enforcement officials claim the loss stemming from the criminal actions of those recently arrested is to the federal Medicare program and federal-state Medicaid program totals approximately $2 billion.

The DOJ said that those arrested were responsible for prescriptions and the distribution of more than 13 million doses of opioids. Those charged include not only the 76 doctors, but nearly 100 nurses and other licensed medical professionals who have been charged for their roles in alleged health care fraud.

Among those arrested in Texas: an owner, pharmacist and manager of a drug store chain. They're accused of using fraudulent prescriptions to supply more than a million doses of hydrocodone and oxycodone.

The Houston area has in the past been home to enforcement actions by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, the Chronicle stated.

Those who face fraud allegations should speak with an attorney experienced in federal white collar crime defense before talking to law enforcement or prosecutors. A skilled criminal defense lawyer protects rights and freedom at all times.

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