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Russian Diplomats Accused of Bilking Medicaid

U.S. prosecutors have charged 49 Russian diplomats and their spouses with conspiring to commit healthcare fraud, steal government funds and make false statements about healthcare for illegally receiving around $500,000 in Medicaid benefits for pregnancy and childbirth...
December 13, 2013

U.S. prosecutors have charged 49 Russian diplomats and their spouses with conspiring to commit healthcare fraud, steal government funds, and make false statements about healthcare for illegally receiving around $500,000 in Medicaid benefits for pregnancy and childbirth. They are accused of reporting low enough incomes to qualify for Medicaid benefits, despite the fact that their credit card applications and bank records indicate tens of thousands of dollars in high-end purchases and incomes in the hundreds of thousands.

The U.S. State Department will request that Russia waive diplomatic immunity, and if denied, those who have been charged and remain in the United States will be expelled from the country. According to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, “The scam exploited a weakness in the Medicaid system, and the charges expose shameful and systemic corruption among Russian diplomats in New York.”

Russian Diplomats Allegedly Bilked Medicaid (Bloomberg 12/6/13)