U.S. prosecutors last week charged more than 400 people with taking part in healthcare fraud and opioid scams
that totaled $1.3 billion in false billing. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the collective action the “largest healthcare fraud takedown operation in American history.” Among those charged were six Michigan doctors accused in a scheme to prescribe unnecessary opioids. A Florida rehab facility is alleged to have recruited addicts with gift cards and visits to strip clubs, leading to $58 million in false treatments and tests. Officials said the illegal schemes included more than 120 people involved in prescribing and distributing narcotics.