South Florida's massive wave of Medicare fraud is finally starting to get some national attention. On Sunday, in a story largely reported from South Florida (with the help of WFOR-CBS 4's Stephen Stock) 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft looks into what the feds say is gigantic billing scam that might involve as much as $60 billion in thefts. Justice Department prosecutor Kirk Ogrosky says Medicare fraud is the destination for up-and-coming young criminals: "They've figured out that rather than stealing $100,000 or $200,000, they can steal $100 million. We have seen cases in the last six, eight months that involve a couple of guys that if they weren’t stealing from Medicare might be stealing your car."
Naturally, Miami is right in the middle of it. "You know, we were the king of the drugs in the '80s," says Miami FBI agent Brian Waterman. "We're king of healthcare fraud in the '90s and the 2000s."