By Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press

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.)

Comments (3)
  1. emom says:

    really are you all that surprised,, When I worked with medical claims years ago,, I did a lot of fraud cases,, Lets just say providers and patients get very creative. But there are never enough folks to look into these cases,,,, if there were image the amount of money that would be recovered. I am talking billions. the charges that a doctor trys to get paid for is incredible, However they go unnoticed since so many patients can not read their bills from the insurance company,,, If more patients understood what was being billed to the insurance companies fraud espenses would drop low. I have caught many charges a few doctors and labs tried to get paid for,,, OH and the insurance company will only look at it if you tell them. And you all wonder why you have to PAY HIGH PREMIUMS,,, HELLO THIS IS THE REASON WHY,, MORE GREED AND AT OUR EXPENSE,,, read those bills and report any and all incorrect billing errors, dont forget if you have to pay a portion of the bill you just might also be paying for somehting that was not done to you …. trust me doctors pray you dont look at your bills,,, I KNOW THIS TI BE TRUE….

  2. Nab71 says:

    Just wait until Obamacare kicks in fully. This will look like chump change. Instead of concentrating on methods to stop fraud and abuse throughout the medical system and therefore bring down costs making health care affordable, Congress built an even larger bureaucratic mess. Even more places for the crooks to hide and prosper.

  3. Phil says:

    Now maybe she could go after the Bigger crooks and their scams in the STATE HOUSE. Sal took lots of kick backs.
    What about the redt of our MIS-representatives.

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