The Department of Justice caught over 400 individuals defrauding the federal government.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Thursday that the Department of Justice was executing the largest crackdown on health care fraud in U.S. history.
“The Department of Justice in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing the largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history,” Sessions said.
The Justice Department charged over 400 individuals who had cost the U.S. government more than $1.3 billion.
Entities that had defrauded Medicaid and Medicare were hit with charges and penalties.
“As a result of this operation, 205 health care providers are now in the process of being suspended or banned in any federal health care programs,” Sessions said.
The attorney general added that 120 of the charged were related to opioid crimes, as the United States continues to suffer from an opioid epidemic.
“We will continue to find, arrest, prosecute, convict, and incarcerate fraudsters, drug dealers, wherever they are,” Sessions said. “We are sending a clear message to criminals across this country: we will find you, we will bring you to justice, and you will pay a very high price for what you have done.”
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