Here’s the set-up:
Bryan Hampton, a fifty-four year old U.S. Department of Justice investigator, has dedicated his law enforcement career to fighting health care fraud and abuse. This persistent and growing crime robs Americans of hundreds of billions of dollars every year, and because of the comparatively low risk and poor enforcement of these crimes,organized crime rings are becoming more and more active in the health care arena. With increasing numbers of health care expenditures falling under federal government programs, Hampton knows the losses and damages will onlyescalate, and he’s committed to finding more proactive and innovative ways of uncovering the schemes and convicting the fraudsters responsible. Months ofinvestigation by his team prove a crooked dermatologist is being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for services he bills but never provides to his patients. Hampton’s efforts to convict the physician are thwarted by Al Tacovic, a corrupt U.S. Attorney for the Illinois Chicago District, who because of his own political aspirations and greed, refuses to prosecute the physician.
Hampton finally tires of fighting corruption and cronyism in Chicago and transfers to Las Vegas to work with a former college classmate, Paul Dixon, newly appointed as the U. S. Attorney for the Nevada District. Dixon has vowed to aggressively fight health care fraud and abuse, because he understands it is a crime that victimizes countless patients, all taxpayers, and everyone who pays a health care premium. Hampton and Dixon team up with two private sector organizations and using sophisticated new software, massive data resources, and traditional investigative efforts, they uncover a highly organized fraud scheme swindling insurers of millions of dollars every month. What they don’t realize until it’s too late, is the degree of violence the criminals are willing to inflict, in order to feed their greed. While the characters in the story are fictional, the activities of the professional criminals and the methods they exploit in order to steal from insurers and government programs are based on actual fraud schemes. This powerful book is designed to be entertaining as well as informative. The story exposes the corruption, greed and violence surrounding the crooks who perpetuate the fraud, while also delivering engaging insights into the lives and challenges of the authorities who pursue them.
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