Russian diplomats charged in a big fraud

  • Over three dozen Russian diplomats and their spouses are charged with lying about their incomes and getting the government to pay for their health care. 

    Federal prosecutors said these diplomats blew tens of thousands of dollars on luxury vacations and in fine stores; their scheme costed Medicaid about $1.5M since 2004. 

    There have been no arrests as of yet and reports suggest that only 11 of these diplomats stayed in the U.S. 

    Prosecutors mentioned that the defendants' applications for medical benefits were fraudulent with underreported incomes, which helped them qualify for various benefits including birth and child care. However, their salaries were more accurately stated for credit card purposes. 

    The complaint alleges that these people spent a lot of money in stores such as Swarovski and Jimmy Choo. 

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