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89 Charged In Medicare Fraud Busts In 8 Cities

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 100 people, including 14 doctors and nurses, are being charged for their roles in separate Medicare scams that billed the taxpayer-funded program for roughly $223 million in bogus charges spanning eight cities.
    
Tuesday's announcement by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder marks the latest in a string of arrests as federal authorities crack down on fraud that's believed to cost the program between $60 billion and $90 billion each year. Stopping Medicare's budget from hemorrhaging that money will be key to paying for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
    
Miami has long been known as ground zero for the complex scams, and it again at the center of Tuesday's busts with 25 people charged for their role in various schemes.

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