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11 arrested in Brooklyn in sweeping, multi-million dollar health care fraud operations

June 27, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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DOWNTOWN — U.S. ATTORNEY BREON PEACE on Thursday announced multiple criminal charges against nine defendants in connection with alleged schemes to defraud Medicare and Medicaid of millions of dollars. Several of the defendants, including Joseph Tony Brown-Arkah, Evens Jean, Albert Muratov and Artom Rafaelov operated or were connected to pharmacies in Brooklyn, and allegedly billed Medicare and Medicaid staggering amounts of money for services or medications not provided and prescribed narcotics for no legitimate medical purpose. Joining in the announcement were U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and numerous top law enforcement officials. “The Justice Department will bring to justice criminals who defraud Americans, steal from taxpayer-funded programs, and put people in danger for the sake of profits,” Garland said in a statement.

“These defendants have been charged with treating the Medicare and Medicaid programs like cash registers they could use to ring up withdrawals from the public treasury straight into their pockets,” Peace said.


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