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COVID fraud takedowns: Feds charge 18 people, including doctors, with raking in nearly $500M from scams

By Heather Landi – Apr 24, 2023

Eighteen people, some of them practicing medical doctors, were criminally charged with participating in healthcare fraud schemes that exploited the COVID-19 pandemic and allegedly raked in $490 million.

The schemes resulted from false billings to federal programs and theft from federally funded pandemic programs, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a news release.

In the widespread fraud takedown, federal authorities also targeted suppliers of COVID-19 over-the-counter tests who exploited federal partners by shipping tests to patients who did not want or need them. And the feds went after individuals who filed fraudulent claims to the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) and the manufacturers and distributors of fake COVID-19 vaccination record cards.

Two of the most significant criminal cases in this latest sweep were filed by federal prosecutors in the Central District of California.

Anthony Hao Dinh, D.O., allegedly bilked the federal government out of $150 million and he used these fraud proceeds for high-risk options trading, losing over $100 million, according to the DOJ in an announcement April 20.


Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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