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70 arrested in social security fraud case in Puerto Rico

Published:Monday | August 26, 2013 | 9:21 AM

Puerto Rican authorities have arrested 70 people and are seeking several more in a multimillion-dollar Social Security fraud case.

The US island territory, which authorities say has one of the highest rates of fraud involving federal disability benefits, has so far seen charges laid against three doctors and around six dozen Social Security claimants accused of receiving more than US$2 million in disability benefit payments.

The biggest haul allegedly went to a former Social Security worker accused of taking US$2.5 million while directing claimants to doctors participating in the scam who would file false claims.


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