The Department of Justice on Thursday announced what Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the "largest healthcare fraud takedown operation in American history."
By working with inner Justice Department offices and the Department of Health and Human Services, the federal government charged 412 defendants accused of defrauding taxpayers of roughly $1.3 billion. The charges included 56 doctors, Session said.
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said at a press conference Thursday that 29 bureau field offices around the country were involved, with an assist from more than 300 agents.
"The nation is in the midst of a crisis. Opioid abuse destroys lives," he said.
At least 120 of those charged were charged for their roles in "prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics."
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