Billion-dollar Medicare fraud ring investigation started in South Carolina, feds say

The State: The scheme involved offshore call centers in the Philippines, money laundering, bribes, kickbacks, U.S. doctors, companies with hidden owners and thousands of cheap, Chinese-made arm, leg, back and neck braces.

The nationwide kickback conspiracy generated some $1 billion in unlawful Medicare payments to some two dozen perpetrators, federal officials said Tuesday in Columbia.

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