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South Fla Medicare Fraud Creeps North

 A crackdown on Medicare fraud in South Florida is pushing illegal prescription drug trafficking north, federal investigators told a U.S. Senate Committee.

The Senate Committee on Aging learned that groups are moving north of Miami, the epicenter of prescription drug trafficking, and into the Treasure Coast and Central Florida, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports..

Miami-area crackdowns have stopped many fake clinics that operated out of storefronts or post office boxes. But officials compared these drug operations to anthills, saying criminals find other avenues for their illegal operations and a new operation pops up somewhere else, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Despite law enforcement efforts, between $60 billion and $90 billion a year is lost to Medicare fraud.

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