Nine individuals have been arrested in Nassau County on Long Island for receiving $282,000 in undeserved medical benefits, according to Newsday:
The suspects face charges of grand larceny, welfare fraud and offering a false instrument for filing, among others.
“Nassau County is working tirelessly to root out waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars,” County Executive Edward Mangano said in a statement.
Prosecutors said the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates that 10 percent of health care spending is lost to fraud and abuse. Nassau County spends more than $1 billion per year to fund its portion of Medicaid benefits, prosecutors said. They also said New York State’s $52.6 billion annual bill is more than that of any other state.