On December 19 2011, North Carolina authorities arrested 18 healthcare providers allegedly implicated in plans to defraud the state Medicaid system, according to Attorney General Roy Cooper.
The charges allege more than $500,000 in fraudulent payments combined. The state is pursing criminal convictions as well as restitution of money from the accused, Cooper said.
“Ripping off Medicaid hurts needy patients, wastes taxpayer money and drives up health care costs,” he said in a statement. “We’re sending a strong signal to those who defraud Medicaid that we will find you and make you pay.”