MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Several arrests have been made in South Florida in connection to a multimillion-dollar healthcare scam.

In the first-ever nationwide COVID-19 fraud takedown, investigators say thieves attempted to capitalize off of the pandemic by using the personal information of patients and their DNA to submit faulty Medicare claims.

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The Office of the Inspector General says, collectively, these scams resulted in more than $75 million in losses.

They say the accused thieves offered COVID tests to Medicare beneficiaries at places like senior living facilities, some drive-thru testing sites, and doctors’ offices, but used their personal information and saliva or blood samples to submit faulty claims to Medicare for other unrelated tests.

Wednesday, The Department of Justice announced charges against 15 people across the country.


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