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A father and son from Cal­i­for­nia pleaded guilty Fri­day to con­spir­ing to de­fraud Affordable Care Act pro­grams out of more than $27 mil­lion in at least 12 states, the Depart­ment of Jus­tice said.

Jef­fery White, 60, and Ni­cholas White, 33, of Twin Peaks, Calif., ap­peared in Hart­ford fed­eral court Fri­day. The two were health care pro­fes­sion­als, said FBI Spe­cial Agent in Charge Brian C. Turner.

The Whites cre­ated fake res­i­den­tial leases us­ing fake land­lords in var­i­ous states to fur­ther their con­spir­acy, in­clud­ing Dan­bury, Farm­ing­ton, Hart­ford and Nor­walk, court doc­u­ments showed.

In plead­ing guilty, the Whites ad­mit­ted their scheme led to more than $27 mil­lion in losses to ACA — also known as Oba­macare — plans across the coun­try.

U.S. At­tor­ney John H. Durham of the Dis­trict of Con­necti­cut said this case is be­lieved to be the first of its kind in­volv­ing fraud­u­lent en­roll­ment of in­di­vid­u­als in ACA plans on a na­tional scale.

Court doc­u­ments showed that Jef­fery White and Ni­cholas White con­spired to de­fraud health care plans that op­er­ate un­der the ACA in Con­necti­cut and at least 11 other states by fraud­u­lently en­rolling peo­ple in plans in states where they did not live.

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