Federal prosecutors call it the biggest healthcare fraud case in history. They say five men have all pleaded guilty to nearly $175 million of fraud.
All of them are from Tampa Bay. This week, Larry Everett Smith, of Tampa, was the latest defendant to plead guilty.
Court records show the men submitted millions of dollars’ worth of bogus prescriptions to giant pharmacies including, CVS Caremark, Optum and others.
With the help from telemarketing companies, the scam involved tricking unsuspected patients into providing their personal medical and insurance information.