health fraud

The South Florida United States Attorney’s Office announced 124 charges against South Florida doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals on Thursday as part of what authorities are calling the largest nationwide takedown on health care fraud and those fueling the opioid crisis.

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A Florida doctor has been ordered to serve four years in prison and pay $2.1 million in restitution for his part in a multimillion-dollar health care fraud and money laundering scheme.

It has become a mere annoyance, a cost of doing business, for health-care companies to pay fines for health-care fraud. But the outcome of the Justice Department's prosecution of four former executives of WellCare Health Plans for their role in a Florida Medicaid ripoff may make others think twice, the Tampa Bay Times says.

Dr. Steven Wasserman has entered the history books of health fraud. The Venice dermatologist recently agreed to pay $26 million to settle charges of Medicare fraud without admitting wrongdoing.

It is one of the largest one-man settlements in the nation's history, a "watershed event," says Robert O'Neill, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.