While announcing the charges, members of the task force highlighted the opioid-related cases brought across 21 federal districts that charge 120 individuals, including 27 doctors, with illegal prescription drug distribution.
"Their actions not only enrich themselves, often at the expense of taxpayers, but also feed addictions and cause addictions to start", Mr Sessions said in prepared remarks. Although these violators are still within the scope of the enforcement action, Sessions has turned the focus this year to opportunists who exploited the generous coverage for addiction treatment programs offered under the Affordable Care Act.
Of the 412 people charged nationally, 56 were doctors, the Justice Department said.
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, however, was optimistic about treatment possibilities, bringing up a vaccine for addiction the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are working on, and some non-euphoric pain medication now in development. A lawyer that works with the organization, David Cortman, recently represented Trinity Lutheran in its case before the Supreme Court regarding state laws that bar churches from receiving public funds for non-religious activities.
A federal indictment alleges Eric Snyder fraudulently billed insurance companies for more than $58 million from 2011 to 2015.
The investigation into Snyder's facilities began in 2014. One confidential witness alleged that a patient recruiter, Christopher Fuller, bought drugs for prospective clients.
The defendants include six doctors in MI accused of operating a scheme to prescribe patients with unnecessary opioids and of billing the Medicare healthcare program for $164 million in fraudulent claims. Speaking on Thursday, Sessions called the charges the "largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history" and criticized health care professionals who "have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients".