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Charges link five Minnesotans to phony Medicaid billing, lavish spending

Five people have been charged with bilking Minnesota's Medicaid programs out of more than $10 million by billing the state for phony or exaggerated medical transportation or home care services.

State Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Wednesday that the charges are related to two ongoing state-federal fraud investigations, and said that in some cases the accused individuals spent ill-gotten gains on lavish cars, clothing and furniture.

"Minnesotans trying to afford their lives have a right to expect that every one of their tax dollars will be spent properly and legally," Ellison said in a written statement.


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