Miami police officers arrested at least 30 people on allegations of Medicare fraud. The scam involved people from four pharmacies who are facing three charges, including organized scheme to defraud. One of the pharmacies was paid over $5 million from federal funds for over 30,000 claims. Many of the claims were for medicines that were unnecessary and possibly never dispensed to patients. Included in the arrests were so-called “professional beneficiaries” — patients who allegedly allowed their Medicare benefits to be used for the scam in exchange for kickbacks.
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