Pills and handcuffs During the pandemic, fraudsters allegedly misused patient information to submit claims to Medicare for unrelated, medically unnecessary and expensive laboratory tests. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The U.S. Department of Justice continues to crack down on health care fraud schemes across the nation. Late last week, the department announced criminal charges against 138 defendants it alleges were responsible for about $1.4 billion in losses.

Related: Fraud, waste and abuse in health care claims: A bad situation worsened by the pandemic



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