Doctor charged in nation's largest healthcare fraud scam

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    Dr. Jacques Roy of Texas is accused of bilking Medicare of nearly $375 million by recruiting homeless and other fake patients to sign for care that wasn't provided.

    W. Rick Copeland, director of the Medical Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Texas Attorney General, stands next to a chart outlining an alleged healthcare fraud scheme during a news conference in Dallas.

    W. Rick Copeland, director of the Medical Fraud Control Unit of the Office… (LM Otero, Associated Press)
    February 29, 2012|By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau

    Reporting from Washington — Federal law enforcement officials announced charges in the largest healthcare fraud scam in the nation's history, indicting a Dallas-area physician for purportedly bilking Medicare of nearly $375 million after he reportedly sent out "recruiters" to round up patients and get them to sign for treatments he never provided.

    The Medicare billings piled up by Dr. Jacques Roy grew so large over the last five years that the situation left outside experts wondering Tuesday why it took prosecutors so long to notice.

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