Medicare’s Most Wanted

Feds looking for 170 fugitives bilking health care system

He’s no John Walsh, but U.S. Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson has put out his own “Most Wanted” list of  people scamming the Medicare system.

Medicare fraud has an annual cost of between $60 to $90 BILLION. Yes, that’s billion with a “B.”

Three Miami Brothers top the Ten Most Wanted list. Carlos, Luis, and Jose Benitez have scammed Medicare out of $119 million by setting up phantom clinics and charging for expensive HIV drugs that were never used. The trio has fled to Cuba.

As we were preparing this post, a second of the Top Ten on the list has been captured: Dr. Steven Moos, a defrocked Oregon physician who nonetheless continued to practice medicine. He was dispensing drugs online without ever meeting or examining his “patients.”

HHS is asking for the public’s help in tracking down these fugitives. You can read more about these fugitives, or report them or others suspected of Medicare fraud. The HHS is looking for 170 cheats overall.