Health care fraud continues to to keep federal prosecutors in Western Virginia busy.
Three years ago, U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy formed a task force to target fraud in the medical field, whether by patients, providers or third-party players. Since then, a major pharmaceutical company, a pain management physician and a volunteer rescue squad have convicted, and more than 30 additional defendants have been charged.
The latest strike came this week, when a federal grand jury charged a Texas-based insurance administration company that served Virginia Tech with overstating medical claims filed by students. As a result, prosecutors say, both the university and its students paid “significantly” higher premiums.
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