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June 28, 2024
Health Law Weekly

Multi-Agency National Health Care Fraud Enforcement Action Takes Down 193 Defendants

  • June 28, 2024

A national health care fraud enforcement action resulted in criminal charges against 193 defendants, including 76 doctors, nurse practitioners, and other licensed medical professionals in 32 federal districts for their alleged participation in various health care fraud schemes involving approximately $2.75 billion in intended losses and $1.6 billion in actual losses, the Department of Justice announced June 27.

The enforcement action was led by the Health Care Fraud Unit of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and its partners, including U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The charges alleged in the massive law enforcement action include an over $900 million fraud scheme committed in connection with amniotic wound grafts; the unlawful distribution of millions of pills of Adderall and other stimulants by five defendants associated with a digital technology company; an over $90 million fraud committed by corporate executives distributing adulterated and misbranded HIV medication; over $146 million in fraudulent addiction treatment schemes; over $1.1 billion in telemedicine and laboratory fraud; and over $450 million in other health care fraud and opioid schemes, a press release said.