Sunday, March 13, 2011

Medicare scams ramp up in Detroit

"It's like banks without an alarm system," said David Haron, a Troy attorney who specializes in Medicare and Medicaid fraud, referring to the ease with which some medical businesses are established.

Since a federal strike force was created in Detroit in 2009, there have been more than 200 arrests, resulting in 60 guilty pleas and eight convictions at trial. Two operators of a Dearborn clinic -- sisters Clara and Caridad Guilarte -- are on a federal most-wanted list after their Dearborn infusion clinic was shut down for fraud.

Yet the recruiters keep coming.