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Federal prosecutors in Texas announced Wednesday that 58 people had been charged in connection with a variety of health care fraud schemes around the illegal distribution of more than six million opioid pills.
The Ministry of Justice has said that those who are in charge of 16 doctors and other medical professionals, while 20 people have been charged in connection with the diversion of opioid drugs.
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The investigation of alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud, and the so-called “pill mill” clinics. Prosecutors said the fraud, which resulted in a net loss of $66 million.
The scheme allegedly involved the invoicing of the federal programs such as Medicare and Medicaid and private insurance for “medically unnecessary drugs, and compound medicines, which were often never even, bought, and/or to be distributed to the beneficiaries,” according to the Ministry of Justice.
Authorities say that the survey in respect of any fraud, collusion, corruption, money laundering, and the illegal diversion of controlled substances.
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“The data in our possession, there seems to be a key light on, dirty, doctors, clinic owners, pharmacists and others who have long believed that they were able to perpetuate their fraud-in-the-dark, behind-closed-doors,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, in a statement.
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Prosecutors say the charges are part of a provincially-coordinated health services, enforcement action is comparable to a Houston-area drug trafficking network sweep, about two or three weeks ago.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.