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This past Friday July 16 at a press conference in Miami Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced that over 360 federal agents had raided the homes and offices of Medicare fraudsters accused of stealing over $251 million. Authorities say most of the thirty-six individuals arrested Friday were based in Miami, though other operations shut down in the bust were located in places like New York City, Detroit, Houston, and Baton Rouge. Ninety-four people were indicted in total as a result of the sting. Authorities claim the suspects – which include several doctors and nurses – billed Medicare for unnecessary equipment, HIV treatments, and physical therapy that their patients never received. Hidden surveillance equipment caught clinic owners and doctor’s offices paying patients (and undercover agents) under the table in exchange for use of their Medicare numbers and offering bonus rewards to patients who would recruit others to the scam.
Medicare fraud is among the most common types of health care fraud. The Obama administration has requested a funding increase in an effort to cut down the Medicare fraud. These efforts have been successful in the Miami area, which has the highest rates of both Medicare fraud and prosecutions.
Many people were victims of Bernard Madoff’s fraud and have lost a considerable amount of income due to this scheme. Originally, Madoff victims were not included in the above categories of life changing events. As of June 9, Social Security determined that “if someone had a reduction of income as the result of criminal theft or an investment scam, they can qualify as having a life-changing event.” Just like the above instances, you need to provide documentation to Social Security. Documentation would include an account statement from Madoff’s firm or a court document stating you as an alleged victim.