400 PER­SONS CHARGED IN HEALTH CARE FRAUD TAKEDOWN

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Fed­eral author­i­ties an­nounced charges Thurs­day against 412 physi­cians, nurses, phar­ma­cists and other med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, in what At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions called the largest health care fraud en­force­ment op­er­a­tion in U. S. his­tory.

Ses­sions said sus­pects ac­counted for more than $ 1.3 bil­lion in fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tions across more than 20 states, and at least 120 peo­ple were charged for their al­leged roles in over- pre­scrib­ing and dis­tribut­ing opi­oids, making it also the largest- ever opi­oid- re­lated fraud takedown.

Of the 412 charged in the year­long op­er­a­tion, 56 were physi­cians.

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