91 charged in Medicare fraud crackdown

By PETE YOST | September 7, 2011 | 3:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A nationwide law enforcement crackdown has resulted in charges against 91 people — including doctors and other medical professionals — for allegedly participating in Medicare fraud schemes involving $295 million in false billing.

Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius say charges were filed in Miami; Houston; Los Angeles; Chicago; Detroit; Baton Rouge, La.; and several other cities.

The attorney general said that those arrested are jeopardizing the integrity of the nation's health care system. Sebelius called the law enforcement initiative a powerful warning to those who would try to defraud taxpayers and Medicare beneficiaries.