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Puerto Ricans charged with Social Security fraud

August 21. 2013 1:39PM
Associated Press

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(AP) Federal authorities are serving warrants on 75 people accused in a multimillion-dollar Social Security fraud case in Puerto Rico.

Those charged include three doctors and 71 Social Security claimants. Authorities say they received a total of more than $2 million in disability payments in recent years. Puerto Rico-based FBI special agent in charge Carlos Cases said one of the doctors received a total of $2.5 million for filing false claims.

As of Wednesday, 68 people had been arrested and seven more were sought. U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said still more arrests are imminent in upcoming weeks.

Rodriguez said the U.S. territory has one of the highest rates of fraud involving federal disability benefits.

Associated Press

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