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N4T Investigators: Avoiding medicare scams

TUCSON – Officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid are now looking into a southern Arizona couple’s claim that they were unknowingly involved in a fraud scheme.

Florence Capasso says that earlier this year a package full of back, arm and leg braces was sent to her house.

Capasso says she didn’t want, order or need the medical devices.

“I looked at the package and says what the heck is this,” said Capasso.

Capasso was even more surprised when she found out Medicare paid nearly $1,700 for the braces.

“I think it’s terrible,” said Caposso.

News 4 Tucson Investigators contacted Medicare officials about the Capasso’s situation.

In a statement a CMS spokesperson said “I want to let you know that CMS is aware of the ongoing issue, and we are working with our contractors, law enforcement, and other stakeholders to address the matter where appropriate.”

Medicare officials have recently launched several new efforts to cut down on fraud and identity theft.

New Medicare cards are being issued. The new cards no longer have people’s social security numbers displayed.

The Capassos say they are glad Medicare officials are trying to crack down on fraud.

“I don’t want Medicad fraud. We need our Medicad,” said Capasso.

Nick VinZant

Nick VinZant

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