16 Texans Charged In $60M Medicare Fraud Scheme

By John Kennedy (February 28, 2017, 6:39 PM EST) -- Sixteen Texas residents were charged with participating in a $60 million Medicare fraud scheme that involved improperly putting patients into hospice care and giving some of them unnecessary doses of morphine and other drugs, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

The defendants were all involved with Novus Health Services and Optim Health Services Inc., which were run and co-owned by Bradley J. Harris, an accountant with no medical licenses. Each of the 16 was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and 12 were also charged with at least one other count related to the conspiracy,...

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