Health insurance rip-off ring busted in Westchester

An elaborate scheme in Westchester that ripped off more than $12 million from insurance companies has been busted.

District Attorney Jeanine Pirro says the organization, known as a medical mill, was put together for the purpose of fraudulently placing claims into insurance companies. Pirro says the medical mill operated out of the Elm Street Medical Clinic in Tuckahoe, but also involved workers at St. Joseph?s Hospital, Empress Ambulance Service in Yonkers and the county-run Westhab homeless shelter.

Pirro says 28 people, including four doctors and six corporations ran the scheme. Authorities say the scheme involved finding people in no-fault minor accidents and sending them to the clinic for tests they didn?t need. The indictments include charges of corruption, money laundering and insurance fraud.

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