Feds Charge 91 People in $429M Medicare Fraud

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Medicare fraud charges announced by a federal strike force include indictments against a dermatologist and a psychologist from the Chicago area.

The strike force announced charges Thursday against 91 people in seven cities and involving $429 million in false billings.

Downers Grove dermatologist Dr. Robert Kolbusz (KOHL'-buz) was charged with falsely diagnosing patients and billing Medicare and private insurers for ineffective and falsely documented treatments.

Psychologist Sharon Rinaldi of Inverness was charged with turning in thousands of false claims for psychotherapy services to Medicare recipients in Chicago-are nursing homes. The indictment states she claimed to have provided services to patients who were dead. She also frequently reported providing more than 24 hours of services on a single date.

Phone messages left for Kolbusz and Rinaldi were not immediately returned.

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