More Than 400 Charged In Historic US Health Care Fraud Takedown

The U.S. attorney general told reporters the suspects include 115 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.
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More Than 400 Charged In Historic US Health Care Fraud Takedown

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday more than 400 people have been charged in what he says is the largest health care fraud takedown in U.S. history.

"We are sending a clear message to criminals across this country: We will find you, we will bring you to justice and you will pay a very high price for what you have done," Sessions said.

Sessions told reporters those suspects include 115 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.

All together, the defendants are accused of drumming up more than $1.3 billion in fraudulent transactions.

And authorities say the crimes of over 120 of the suspects included prescribing and distributing opioids or other dangerous narcotics.

Sessions says more than 1,000 state, local and federal law enforcement agents were involved in the crackdown.