Magazine April 19, 2010, Issue

Calling All Con Artists . . .

Former President Barack Obama announces funding for the construction and renovation of community health centers and the implementation of electronic health records, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House in Washington, D.C., December 9, 2009. (Jason Reed/Reuters)
The president’s new entitlement will prove a fount of fraud

Oklahoma senator and medical doctor Tom Coburn often tells the story of Guillermo Denis Gonzalez, a convicted killer who, while out of prison between murders, posed as a supplier of medical products and submitted more than half a million dollars in false Medicare claims. But Gonzalez was just one of the thousands who bilk taxpayers for billions of dollars annually.

While statistics on fraud are somewhat hard to come by, the available numbers are truly frightening. A 2009 Government Accountability Office study found that 10.5 percent of Medicaid payments in fiscal year 2008 were improper. And a Thompson Reuters study in

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