Before Donald Trump became president, he promised that he would crack down on fraud and waste in this country like no president had before. Now, arrests under Trump have just saved American taxpayers over a 1 BILLION…
Young Conservatives reported that Trump’s Department of Justice has charged over 400 people across the U.S. with participating in health care fraud scams totaling about $1.3 billion in false billings, including for the prescription and distribution of opioids. Federal officials spoke out on Thursday to call this the “largest ever health care fraud enforcement action” by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force.
Thanks to Trump, 412 people, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, were arrested in a nationwide operation that involved more than 1,000 law enforcement agents in at least 30 states.
“One American dies of a drug overdose every 11 minutes and more than 2 million Americans are ensnared in addiction to prescription painkillers,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a press conference. “We will continue to find, arrest, prosecute, convict and incarcerate fraudsters and drug dealers wherever they are.”
Some of those arrested have been accused of billing Medicare, Medicaid and a veterans’ program for services that weren’t performed. Others are facing charges for prescribing opioids and other narcotics that weren’t necessary and in some cases ended up being sold on the street.
“Their actions not only enrich themselves often at the expense of taxpayers but also feed addictions and cause addictions to start. The consequences are real: emergency rooms, jail cells, futures lost, and graveyards,” Sessions said. “We will continue to find, arrest, prosecute, convict and incarcerate fraudsters and drug dealers wherever they are.”
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