Two dozen people, including doctors and owners of medical equipment companies, face charges of scamming disabled and elderly patients.
The doctors received kickbacks for peddling unnecessary back, shoulder, wrist and knee braces, authorities say.
The gains were allegedly used to purchase exotic cars, yachts and homes.
Authorities say the global conspiracy involved bribes paid to call centers in the Philippines and throughout Latin America. The investigation was called Operation Brace Yourself.
Durable medical equipment (DME) companies provided kickbacks to these telemarketing companies, which advertised to Medicare beneficiaries and "up-sold" them to accept several DME braces, regardless of need, say investigators.
The telemarketers allegedly encouraged patients to contact doctors by phone or video call in order to maximize efficiency. Doctors involved in the scam were then paid to provide bogus prescriptions for the braces, despite never having met the patients in person.
Two shipping companies indicted in the investigation would allegedly ship low-cost braces made in China to the patients, as the DME companies fraudulently billed Medicare for the cost.
24 доктора и прочих мошенников при них украли миллиард долларов у государства через всякие хитрые схемы с ортопедическим оборудованием и обслуживанием пациентов. Интересно, кто эти люди? Судя по сумме, какие-то давно практикующие врачи, а участие китайских фирм намекает на китайцев.