(WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department announced on Wednesday that 91 people allegedly scammed $295 million from Medicare by falsely billing the entitlement program.
To make matters worse, some of the suspected crooks are doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, according to Attorney General Eric Holder.
In announcing the charges, Holder said they were "based on a variety of alleged fraud schemes involving various treatments and services that were not medically necessary -- and, oftentimes, were never even provided."
The crackdown netted 11 doctors, three nurses and 10 licensed health professionals. The charges were filed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Brooklyn, New York; Chicago; Dallas; Detroit; Houston; Los Angeles and Miami.
Half of the defendants came from South Florida, the reputed national leader in Medicare fraud.
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