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Feb062011

Government Releases Health Care Fraudsters Most Wanted List

Image Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Health care fraud has cost American taxpayers millions of dollars in recent years, and now the Office of the Inspector General has announced a top-ten list of people most wanted for exploiting the system for their personal gain.

While the OIG says health care fraudsters have cost taxpayers $124 million in total, there are a few notable fugitives who account for a large part of the missing money.

Three brothers working out of Miami allegedly ripped off Medicare for $110 million. One woman took Medi-Cal, the Medicaid program in the state of California, for $17.1 million, authorities say. The OIG says another man billed Medicare for $1.1 million.

Overall OIG says it is tracking about 170 fugitives, but that two of the top ten most wanted have been taken into custody. The organization stressed that it needs all the help it can get from the public, and offers both a phone number and online form to report a fugitive.

The most wanted list is available online at http://www.oig.hhs.gov/fugitives.

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