U.S. Attorney's Office

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.

Federal authorities have charged 18 central Florida men and women in the operation of a massive steroid trafficking ring.

The U.S. Attorney's Office unsealed an indictment Wednesday that named the men and women with several drug charges, including conspiracy to manufacture and distribute controlled substances. They each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Florida's insurance officials are recommending a state takeover and liquidation of Florida Healthcare Plus, a Medicare Advantage plan accused of submitting $25.2 million in phony bills to Medicare and Florida Medicaid.