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Russians Charged in Medicaid Fraud

Things must be really bad in Mother Russia right now. Diplomats from Russia are among the 49 people charged on suspicion of partaking in a scheme for nine years to get roughly $500,000 in illegal Medicaid benefits. All the defendants are either current or former diplomats from the Russian Mission to the United Nations, the Russian consulate general in New York, or the Russian trade representation office, says the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. They are being charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and steal government funds.