Federal prosecutions for health care fraud are up 85 percent in the first eight months of the current fiscal year over the previous year, reports the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, based at Syracuse University. So far, the government has reported 903 new health care fraud prosecutions, which already exceeds the level for all of FY 2010.
The higher numbers can be accounted for by a series of FBI investigations. In Puerto Rico alone, 420 defendants have been charged this year. In the fifty states, the Southern District of Florida (Miami) led the nation, accounting for one out of every nine health care fraud prosecutions.