The Medicaid Grifters

Operation Goldpill uncovers a massive prescription fraud

Sometimes a scam becomes too successful for its own good. So it was in the case of about 100 people -- including 82 pharmacists and a doctor -- arrested last week in 50 cities. Two of the conspirators had complained, in a phone call that was wiretapped, that they were running out of places to stash all the illicit cash they were taking in. With such evidence in hand, an army of more than 1,100 FBI agents and other federal law-enforcement officials ended the largest health-care fraud investigation to date. Under the complex scheme, medical professionals and their accomplices stole tens...

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