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Coakley: Medicaid Fraud Schemes Cost $10 Million

By Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press
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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has announced indictments against 10 people linked to a series of Medicaid fraud schemes that investigators allege cheated taxpayers out of nearly $10 million.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

The allegations included billing the state for care provided to dead patients, kickback schemes and overstating the level of care needed as a way to overbill the state’s MassHealth system.

Martha Coakley said Friday a total of 118 criminal indictments have been handed down in the four cases.

The cases involved four health care providers: Adlife Healthcare, with locations in Framingham, West Springfield, Boston and Hyannis; Preventative Medicine Associates, with 29 locations statewide; Mitchell Counseling Services of New Bedford; and Wetterberg Nursing Homes, which ran the Pond View Nursing Facility in Boston.

Two of the suspects were arrested Thursday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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