Sessions to unveil health care fraud crackdown this week, sources say

Attorney General Jeff Sessions meets with crime victims.    
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"Too many trusted medical professionals like doctors, nurses, and pharmacists have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients", Sessions told reporters in Washington, D.C.

And authorities say the crimes of over 120 of the suspects included prescribing and distributing opioids or other risky narcotics.

A representative from the Federal Bureau of Investigation told Sessions not to include meetings he had with Russian officials if they happened in his capacity as a senator, the Justice Department said.

An Indianapolis-area chiropractor is among hundreds of people charged nationwide in health care fraud and opioid scams. A judge ordered that the Justice Department hand over the documents by July 12, NPR reports.

The opioid addiction epidemic has attracted fraudsters who "look at this national scourge, and they see an opportunity to profit from their fellow citizen's suffering and pain", said Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.


"Among those defendants announced today, 120 have been charged with opioid-related crimes, making this also the largest opioid-related fraud takedown in American history", Sessions said.

Sessions said that because of the crackdown, 295 health care providers could now potentially be suspended or barred from participating in federal health programs. And a rehab facility for drug addicts in Palm Beach that is alleged to have recruited addicts with gift cards, visits to strip clubs and drugs billed the government for over $58 million in false treatments and tests.

Last year, an estimated 59,000 people in the US died from drug overdoses, many of them linked to opioid abuse, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Some of the prescribed drugs were sold illegally on the street.

The heavily redacted pages of the SF-86 security clearance form required for many senior government positions show Sessions answered "no" to the question of whether, over the past seven years, he had contact with any foreign government, its offices or officials inside or outside the United States. Numerous charges, Sessions said, arrived because of tips from community members and cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcement.

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