National healthcare fraud investigation leads to arrests in Kentucky and Indiana


Hundreds of people nationwide, including dozens of doctors, have been charged in health care fraud prosecutions, accused of collectively defrauding the government of $1.3 billion, the Justice Department said on Thursday.

Roumayah allegedly billed Medicaid for dental services not performed between 2012 and 2016.

Criminal complaint charges were also filed against Brooklyn resident Xiaoliang Zhang of Elmhurst United Medical, P.C. for submitting $27 million worth of Medicare and Medicaid claims for unnecessary - or fake - physical therapy services.

Dickey, who operates a practice in Hillsdale County's Camden, is suspected of billing Medicaid for dental services not performed. In all, the office's Medicaid Fraud Control Unity was involved with seven investigations that have led to the indictments of two companies and 15 individuals.

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25 counts of Medicaid fraud, punishable by up to 4 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.

These arrests are part of a federal enforcement initiative by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force.

There were 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals listed among those charged, indicating corruption is widespread within the medical field.

The Michigan Attorney General's Office said the Health Care Fraud Division used data-mining that uncovered the alleged frauds. According to the investigation, some of the defendants - including doctors - prescribed and distributed opioids and other unsafe narcotics.