DETROIT - More than 100 people nationwide, including 22 in Michigan, are being charged in seven cities with Medicare fraud in a nationwide crackdown.
Most of the 22 in Michigan were arrested Wednesday during raids in 10 homes and offices in southeast Michigan.
Hundreds of federal agents fanned out around the country, raiding businesses, seizing documents and arresting suspects in Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, Tampa, Fla., and Baton Rouge, La.
In total, 107 people, including doctors, nurses and other health care professionals have been charged for allegedly bilking the taxpayer-funded program of more than $450 million -- the highest dollar amount in a single Medicare bust in U.S. history.
The amount of fraud being investigated to have taken place in Michigan is at $58 million.
Sources confirmed with Local 4 that agents made arrests or executed search warrants in Detroit, Macomb Township, Dearborn, Troy, Westland, Warren, Ypsilanti, Sterling Heights, Canton Township and Madison Heights.
Those arrested in the raids were involved in the home health care and adult foster care industries.
Sources said the accused would offer Medicare patients cash for their social security numbers and then use the numbers to file false reports.
Local 4 has learned that one person arrested in Macomb Township is accused of $23 million in fraudulent claims.
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