U.S. sentences 14 to combined 74 years in prison for healthcare fraud

U.S. sentences 14 to combined 74 years in prison for healthcare fraud

Defendants in the case disguised kickbacks as “consulting fees” calculated as a percentage of surgeries each doctor referred to the defunct hospital, the Forest Park Medical Center, the Department of Justice said in a statement.

The defendants have also been ordered to pay $82.9 million in restitution.

Tens of billions of dollars are estimated to be lost in the United States through healthcare fraud each year. The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association estimated that as much as $300 billion, or 10% of total annual health outlay in the United States, is stolen through fraudulent activity each year, compounding the challenges of high healthcare costs.

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