US prosecutors arrested four people yesterday—two of whom were top officials of a leading chain of community mental health centers—connected with a Medicare fraud involving about $200 million in medical claims. The company involved, American Therapeutic Corp, is among the nation's largest chain of community mental health centers licensed by Medicare.
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The four have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and to receive healthcare kickbacks and to pay healthcare kickbacks.
The arrest comes just one week after an Armenian-American crime group was charged in New York with operating phantom healthcare clinics that tried to cheat the federal program out up to $163 million, which US authorities claimed was the "the largest Medicare fraud scheme ever perpetrated by a single criminal enterprise."