On Thursday, July 13th, the U.S. Department of Justice announced charges against more than 400 people for Medicaid fraud. The FBI investigation focused on doctors prescribing unnecessary opioids and medical facilities that convinced people addicted to opioids to pay money for unnecessary treatments.
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told reporters, “Some doctors wrote out more prescriptions for controlled substances in one month than entire hospitals were writing.” The fraud resulted in more than $1 billion in falsely billing Medicare and Medicaid.
Among those charged was a fake Florida rehab facility that is accused of giving addicts gift cards and strip club visits. Also charged was a doctor in Houston, Texas, who sold thousands of opioid prescriptions for cash. The Centers for Disease Control says that prescriptions for opioid painkillers have tripled since 1999.