BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - On Tuesday, Oct. 1, the state and feds took an opportunity to flaunt their recent success in fighting Medicare fraud.
The Medicare Fraud Strike Force (MFSF) was formed in 2009 to target areas of abnormal billing. Recently, the strike force charged six people in the Baton Rouge area, notably, the heads of the St. Gabriel Health Clinic, a non-profit which partnered with Iberville Parish Public Schools to provide services related to the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. An indictment alleges practitioners falsely diagnosed students with mental health disorders and claimed fees up to $1.8 million.
In another case, the strike force announced indictments against 35 people for fraudulent genetic cancer testing, with $2.1 billion in losses.
“The saddest thing about this type of fraud is that it takes away from the most needed. Every dollar stolen from this program is a dollar that you are stealing from someone who is in desperate need of healthcare services and can’t afford it," said Attorney General Jeff Landry.
Since the strike force’s inception, it has rounded up more than 100 people and charged them with healthcare fraud and other related offenses.
U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin was also at the press conference to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the MFSF.