In continuing news:

Eight people are facing federal charges connected with three separate indictments in San Diego, California in what prosecutors call a kickback scheme that involved tens of thousands of dollars in bribes and $25 million in improper reimbursements for medical treatment from workers’ comp insurers in the state. The San Diego Union -Tribune reports that the unnamed doctors are accused of “buying and selling hundreds of patients like a commodity” and that “the charges that resulted from the investigations are just the beginning of what federal and state officials predict will be a series of takedowns in the coming months related to such health care fraud.” The crux of the fraud lies in patient referrals in which a radiologist allegedly paid bribes to a chiropractor to filter workers’ comp patients through his/her practice. Such illicit payments were filtered through a shell company in an effort to hide the wrongdoing.

Read more from the Union-Tribune here.

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