60 Minutes Features South Florida in Medicare Fraud Exposé

60minutes.jpgThis past Sunday night, 60 Minutes ran an excellent exposé on the $60 billion Medicare Fraud crime wave sweeping the country. 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft spent some time in Miami this past August with FBI Special Agent Brian Waterman getting an overview of how Medicare fraud is perpetrated by DME scammers.
South Florida is the epicenter of Medicare fraud, so there was plenty to report. DOJ prosecutor and Healthcare Fraud Strike Force leader, Kirk Ogrosky was also interviewed and said Medicare fraud is “way bigger than the drug business in Miami now.” Waterman and Ogrosky agreed that the criminals perpetrating Medicare fraud are more sophisticated than before.
“They’ve figured out that rather than stealing $100,000 or $200,000, they can steal $100 million. We have seen cases in the last six, eight months that involve a couple of guys that if they weren’t stealing from Medicare might be stealing your car,” Ogrosky explained.
“You know, we were the king of the drugs in the ’80s. We’re king of healthcare fraud in the ’90s and the 2000’s,” Waterman added, speaking about South Florida.
To read the transcript of the 60 Minutes segment click here.
To watch, click here.