- Healthcare scams for a billion euros
- Scams. Identity theft to drain accounts, 18 arrests
ShareJanuary 23, 2020 A primary, 2 nurses and a medical informant from the hospital of Palermo are under house arrest. The charge is of fraud to the regional health system. The investigations were coordinated by the prosecutor and carried out by the Nas Carabinieri.
A total of 15 suspects among doctors and nurses are involved in the investigation.
The investigations, carried out by the military through stalking and telephone and environmental wiretapping, have made it possible to discover this organization created to defraud the regional health system. The people involved falsified and inflated the documents and the loading and unloading records of the prostheses that were used in cranial and spine surgery. In particular, they declared a higher number of prostheses than that actually used in surgical interventions.
In addition, the primary, with the collaboration of other doctors and nurses, from his Operating Unit, would have had his waiting patients for the surgical operations bypassed by his private patients, paying them, making them appear as if they had followed the normal institutional procedures of hospitalization . The investigating judge also ordered the preventive seizure of 43 thousand euros resulting from the scams.
Now they will have to answer in various capacities, for concurrence in a continued crime of aggravated fraud against public bodies, aggravated ideological falsehood committed by the public official in public documents, abuse of office.