Medicare Fraud Strike Force Prosecutions Top $500M

deptjustice.jpgSince the inception of Medicare Fraud Strike Force (MFSF) operations in 2007, federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., have indicted 104 cases with 184 defendants in Los Angeles and Miami. Collectively, these defendants fraudulently billed the Medicare program for more than half a billion dollars.
The MFSF is a multi-agency team of federal, state and local prosecutors and agents designed specifically to combat Medicare fraud. Strike force operations began in the Miami area on March 1, 2007.
The strike force teams are led by a federal prosecutor supervised by both the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section in Washington and the local office of U.S. Attorney. Each team has four to six agents, at least one agent from the FBI and HHS Office of Inspector General, as well as representatives of local law enforcement. The Florida MFSF teams operate out of the federal Health Care Fraud Facility in Miramar, Fla. Kirk Ogrosky is Deputy Chief of the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Fraud Section
The Medicare Fraud Strike Force was conceived and implemented by the Section to combat Medicare fraud through aggressive use of “real time” law enforcement techniques. Between March and September 2007, MFSF prosecutors charged 117 individuals in 74 cases, including company owners, pharmacists, physicians and corrupt patients, and convicted 61.
Sentences imposed in Strike Force cases averaged nearly five years, including one of 151 months, and included payment of millions of dollars in restitution.