HEALTH

13 Indicted in Puerto Rico for Healthcare Fraud

BERLIN - OCTOBER 26:  In this photo illustration the H1N1 swine flu vaccination Pandemic is pictured on a vaccination card at Charite clinical center on October 26, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. German officials have begun a mass immunization by offering the vaccine to policemen, firefighters, medical personnel and other people who work in the health or rescue services across Germany. The rest of the population will be receiving the vaccine in approximately 7 days.  (Photo Illustration by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

BERLIN - OCTOBER 26: In this photo illustration the H1N1 swine flu vaccination Pandemic is pictured on a vaccination card at Charite clinical center on October 26, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. German officials have begun a mass immunization by offering the vaccine to policemen, firefighters, medical personnel and other people who work in the health or rescue services across Germany. The rest of the population will be receiving the vaccine in approximately 7 days. (Photo Illustration by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)  (2009 Getty Images)

Prosecutors in Puerto Rico have indicted 13 suspects, including three doctors, of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement Thursday that one doctor is accused of charging Medicare more than half a million dollars for services never rendered at a medical center where he never worked. 

The office also charged the doctor's brother, a dentist whom prosecutors say provided his brother with his patients' personal information.

A second indictment accuses another doctor of overbilling Medicare for a muscle relaxer.

Two other indictments accuse the president of a medical equipment company and the owners of a health care company of filing hundreds of fake claims.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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