A health-care crime sweep Thursday morning netted 111 defendants on charges related to Medicare fraud, in what Attorney General Eric Holder called the largest such takedown in U.S. history.
The defendants—charged in nine metropolitan areas including Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Chicago and Miami—were allegedly involved in more than 40 schemes, almost all of which were unrelated to one another, officials said. Altogether, the schemes attempted to defraud the government of more than $225 million, according to Mr. Holder.
Several of the cases appear to involve doctors or other health-care practitioners acting alone or with very few alleged co-conspirators. One of these, Brooklyn physical therapist Aleksandr Kharkover, had been featured in a December Wall Street Journal article on possible financial abuse involving physical therapy, a growing area of Medicare fraud.