Health-Care Fraud Charges Hit Record High



A nonprofit federal data tracker says the U.S. government filed a record number of health-care fraud cases during the latest federal fiscal year.

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University says in a new report that 377 new prosecutions were opened during the fiscal year ending last October. That's up 3 percent from the previous year and 7.7 percent from five years ago.

The clearinghouse says prosecutions that the U.S. Attorney's Office in southern Illinois opened led the nation per-capita. That's more than eight times the U.S. average.

Those behind the report say the latest numbers may reflect that federal authorities are devoting more resources toward attacking health-care fraud.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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