Scores of Russian diplomats charged with defrauding Medicaid program

More than four dozen Russian diplomats are facing federal charges of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and conspiracy to steal federal funds after they allegedly filed false claims to obtain coverage from the Medicaid program for nearly a decade. "Our investigation revealed that the defendants spent tens of thousands of dollars on luxury watches, jewelry, electronics and vacations," George Venizelosm, assistant director of the FBI's New York office said in a statement. "The amount of money spent on these luxury items was inconsistent with the grossly underreported incomes claimed by the defendants on their Medicaid applications." The diplomats facing charges all enjoy diplomatic immunity, and it is unclear whether the Russian government would waive their immunity in order to face charges. Read the full article at FierceHealthPayer.