By Associated Press - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - Eleven people have been charged in Miami with a $25 million health care fraud scheme in which people in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic posed as Florida residents.

Federal and state prosecutors said Wednesday the conspirators submitted false enrollment applications for Medicare and Florida’s Medicaid program. The applications claimed the foreign individuals were Floridians when they were not, using addresses of family members living in South Florida.

The scam also involved travel for the foreign individuals to Miami so they could be seen by a licensed physician. That resulted in false diagnoses that were also used in the fraudulent benefits applications.

The charges include health care fraud conspiracy, wire fraud and making false statements. Three of the 11 charged remained at large Wednesday.

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