Think about the last time you got a call, email or direct message from someone who wanted to share a crazy story. You might have thought there was no way what they were telling you could be true. That’s what happened to Brett Kelman, a reporter at the Tennessean. A tip about military health care fraud back in 2015 seemed too wild to be true — until it wasn’t. On this episode, Brett breaks down how he reported the story years after getting the tip and how there’s still more fraud to be uncovered.
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Looking for links to the stories and resources we discussed on this week’s podcast? We’ve collected them for you.
- Read the Tennessean’s investigation and Brett’s Twitter thread about the story.
- Read the press release and list of cases from the Department of Justice that details 600 different drug busts across the country.
- Members only: Download the tipsheet “Spotting Medical Fraud in Your Community” by Erin McCormick.
- Members only: Listen to IRE conference audio “Red Flags: Finding fraud in government programs” by John Sopko and Danielle Brian.
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