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Sessions to Unveil Health-Care Fraud Crackdown This Week, Sources Say

  • Hundreds of arrests said planned in cities across the country
  • Actions target opioid treatment fraud under Obamacare plans
A sign directs customers to the pharmacy drive-thru of a CVS Health Corp. store in Chicago on Nov. 6, 2016.
Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is poised to announce a major law enforcement action this week targeting health-care fraud, focusing on opioid treatment programs exploiting Obamacare insurance plans, according to two people familiar with the matter.

In what is described as a nationwide sweep with hundreds of arrests being carried out across the U.S., the Justice Department is cracking down on fraudulent claims made to some of the nation’s biggest insurers, said one of the people. People who run drug addiction treatment centers that have filed bogus claims and those who have filed reimbursement claims for drugs they then sell illegally are among those to be charged, the person said.