SPOTLIGHT: 94 charged with $251 million in false Medicare claims

Federal officials charged 94 people with plotting to swindle Medicare out of more than $251 million in false claims, the Department of Justice and other federal agencies said in a joint statement released Friday. The indictments were part of a crackdown in five U.S. cities that coincided with the nation's first healthcare fraud summit in Miami."With today's arrests, we're putting would-be criminals on notice: Healthcare fraud is no longer a safe bet," Attorney General Eric Holder said. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius added that the arrests will "send a strong message that attempts to defraud Medicare will not be tolerated." FierceHealthcare