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In Texas, 26 people were charged for alleged fraud, including a doctor and the owner of a pain management clinic in Houston who are accused of improperly issuing more than 60 prescriptions a day for hydrocodone for $300 each.

Six doctors, for example, are accused of prescribing unnecessary opioids in MI and billing Medicare for $164 million in false or fraudulent claims, Sessions said.

"They seem oblivious to the disastrous consequences of their greed", Sessions said during the news conference. Their actions not only enrich themselves often at the expense of taxpayers but also feed addictions and cause addictions to start. "We will continue to find, arrest, prosecute, convict and incarcerate fraudsters and drug dealers wherever they are". "They're not providing treatment and they're collecting a lot of money", she says. And even obvious fixes can be hard to make. But its abandonment of the "certificates of need" system - where would-be rehab operators must prove there's a local demand for their services before opening - is a key reason why Southern California has become known as The Rehab Riviera, importing addicts from other states.

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When asked about the meeting on Sunday, Tillerson said, "In all candidness we did not expect an answer other than the one we received".

The fraud schemes targeted by the Department of Justice were focused on Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE, the latter of which provides health insurance for veterans and their families.

As part of the effort, 205 healthcare providers are being suspended or banned from participation in any federal healthcare program, Sessions explained. According to the charges, the women submitted claims for personal care assistant services not rendered, used care providers' identities to submit false claims without their permission, and paid unlawful kickbacks to induce recipients to become and remain clients of the agency. The defendants include 115 doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals.

In a related development, the Justice Department on Tuesday said Mallinckrodt Plc, one of the largest manufacturers of the generic opioid painkiller oxycodone, will pay $35 million to resolve allegations it failed to report suspicious drug orders. He allegedly posed as a Navy veteran to gain the trust and personal information from TRICARE beneficiaries, many of whom were members and veterans of the armed forces.

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