In the event that anyone needed more evidence that the Federal and State government is taking a serious look at persons who are out to take advantage of the Medicare System by exploiting the elderly and vulnerable, the recent arrests in the Metro Area are significant evidence of that proposition. The wide-sweeping arrests that were reported here, also show an increasing trend; namely, that there are those who are seeking to take financial advantage of the elderly and those who are vulnerable and sick.
Unfortunately, the news in this case is only a symptom of a greater problem. There are a lot of individuals who are looking to take advantage of the elderly and vulnerable, and who will try and exploit them financially, either by improperly subjecting them to medical treatment they do not need to try and obtain money from the government illegally, or by simply going into the eider's pocket book and getting ahold of their funds. Many times, it is the persons that the vulnerable trust most that take advantage of their situation; their children, their families, their doctors and their friends.
Sadly, the reports of arrest are not novel, and these are not likely to be the last. Hopefully, with arrests in cases like this, particularly where the thefts are connected with the financial exploitation of those who are most vulnerable, families and law enforcement will become more alert and sensitive to this type of activity, and become more likely to prosecute it, either criminally, or through civil actions.