Washinton, DC / USA - April 22 2019: The northern facade of the Department of Justice building in the Nations capital . (Photo: Shutterstock)

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced criminal fraud charges totaling more than $1.2 billion against 36 defendants in 13 federal districts. The allegations include fraudulent telemedicine, cardiovascular and cancer genetic testing, and durable medical equipment schemes.

“The Department of Justice is committed to prosecuting people who abuse our health care system and exploit telemedicine technologies in fraud and bribery schemes,” says Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the department’s Criminal Division. “This enforcement action demonstrates that the department will do everything in its power to protect the health care systems our communities rely on from people looking to defraud them for their own personal gain.”

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