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$15M Fraud Bust by Feds in Miami-Dade

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Federal agents arrested 14 people after they planned to scam public schools and several companies out of more than $130 million in health insurance payments for bogus claims, the Miami Herald reports. The suspects operated a network of about 35 crooked clinics that received $15 million in payments for fraudulent claims for pain injections between 2012 and 2015. According to the Herald, the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County public schools, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and UnitedHealthcare were among the entities targeted by the scam.

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