Four St. Louis-area residents are among hundreds across the nation facing charges of federal health care fraud.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced the allegations on Wednesday. All told, more than 300 people in 30 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have been accused of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid. The Justice Department called it the largest crackdown in history, both in terms of number of defendants and the amount of fraud alleged.
In St. Louis:
Azeem Meo is accused of setting up a shell company that enabled him to participate in Medicaid and Medicare billing, despite being excluded from participating in federal health care programs because of an earlier fraudulent billing case.
Mark Greaves, a former pharmacist at the Dierbergs in Fenton, is accused of stealing bottles of painkillers, including oxycodone, from the pharmacy and altering a digital inventory to cover the thefts.
Laura Williams, an employee of My Crossroads Dentist in Wentzville, allegedly used the names of dentists she worked with to write herself prescriptions for opioids.
David Peter, an internist in St. Charles County, allegedly wrote prescriptions for painkillers in the names of his patients and his family that he ended up using himself. Some of the prescriptions were reimbursed by Medicare.
Read more: St. Louis Public Radio