On July 22, 2016, the United Department of Justice (“USDOJ”) released that in Miami it charged the owner of skilled nursing and assisted–living facilities, a hospital administrator, and a physician assistant with a $1,000,000,000.00 healthcare fraud scheme. “Medicare fraud has infected every facet of our health care system,” declared the USDOJ, and “this is the single largest criminal healthcare fraud case ever brought against individuals.” (emphasis added).
Described as “staggering and outrageous,” the false payment claims alleged in a 78-page pleading by the federal government detail a repeat-offender mastermind, private jets, escort services, $600,000.00 and $360,000.00 watches, almost $5,000,000.00 cash withdrawals, and almost $9,000,000.00 credit card charges. With some healthcare providers running rampant over the American public healthcare system, any wonder that it is on the verge of insolvency or that heavy taxation of citizens is needed to keep it afloat.?!