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25 charged in DC Medicaid fraud

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal authorities say 25 people have been charged in a wide-ranging scheme to obtain millions of dollars in fraudulent Medicaid payments from the District of Columbia government.

U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen calls it the largest health-care fraud case in the city's history. It involved bogus claims for home care services, a category of Medicaid claim that has grown dramatically in the city over the past 8 years. Machen says fraud is largely responsible for the increase in those claims.

Among those charged Thursday was the owner of a home care service agency in suburban Maryland who had lost her nursing license and was ineligible to receive Medicaid payments. Authorities say that by using different names, she was able to bill the city for $75 million in Medicaid payments.

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