Medicare fraud arrests

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Federal authorities say 31 people have been charged in Baton Rouge in connection with the largest Medicare fraud bust ever. The Justice Department says the Baton Rouge indictment alleges fraudulent claims involving about $32 million in home health care equipment charges. The defendants include the owners and operators of nine medical services companies and four doctors. Prosecutors also charged 14 people with recruiting patients for the alleged scheme and others who worked at the companies. Nationally, 94 people have been indicted in Baton Rouge, Miami, New York City, Detroit and Houston.

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