(Bloomberg) -- The Justice Department charged 243 people,including 46 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, withdefrauding the Medicare system of $712 million through falsebilling.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the charges Thursday inWashington, calling the case the largest sweep of individuals inthe history of task forces that target such fraud.

“The defendants charged include doctors, patient recruiters,home health care providers, pharmacy owners, and others,” Lynchsaid in a prepared statement. “They billed for equipment thatwasn’t provided, for care that wasn’t needed, and for services thatweren’t rendered.”

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