Report: Medicare scheme involves stolen identities

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper investigation finds that a Medicare fraud scheme involving UPS Store boxes is being used to steal millions from the government.

The Dayton Daily News says (http://bit.ly/Ve6NXz) dozens of so-called medical providers in Ohio have registered with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by using nothing more than a mailbox as their address.

In some cases, the newspaper reports that those operating scams steal the identities of doctors and make up businesses to bill Medicare for nonexistent services.

The leaders of one fraud ring were sentenced to prison last May in Cleveland after they used fake storefronts to bill Medicare for $48 million in Ohio and other states.

The head of the National Healthcare Anti-Fraud Association says this type of scheme has been around for years.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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