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Resource ID: #21261
Subject: Elderly
Source: KRON-TV (San Francisco)
Date: 2003-11-18



An L.A. area organized crime group fraudulently billed Medicare for more than 100 million dollars. Sources say the group started to recruit elderly patients 400 miles north, in the San Francisco Bay Area. In a lucrative scheme, recruiters lured mostly Vietnamese seniors all the way from San Jose to the bogus clinics on the Southland. The elderly citizens, many of whom don't speak a word of English, were bribed to come to the clinics. Once the seniors got to the clinics, the scammers obtained Medicare numbers and patient signatures, then billed Medicare and taxpayers for thousands of dollars in tests never performed.

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