Anthony police warn about genetic testing fraud with ‘DNA scam’

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Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 7:31 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Anthony Police Department posted on its Facebook page Tuesday, warning the public about a scam related to genetic testing fraud. The Anthony PD said a resident brought the scam to their attention after receiving several items in the mail that contained the resident’s personal identifying information, including their Medicare member ID number.

“The documents indicated that their “medical provider” had ordered a cardiology genetic test, and the information packet contained a DNA swab for them to submit to a laboratory in Florida for genetic testing,” Anthony police said. “Our local resident received a phone call from a marketer explaining to them how to complete and submit the genetic testing packet.”

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, with law enforcement partners in September 2019, announced efforts to target genetic testing fraud schemes nationwide.

Anthony police said the takedown resulted in charges against 35 people for alleged participation in healthcare fraud scams involving more than $2.1 billion in losses.

“In the alleged scheme, recruiters (aka marketers) get a Medicare beneficiary to take a genetic test. The recruiter then gets a doctor to sign off on the genetic test so a lab will process the test. The recruiter pays the doctor a kickback in exchange for ordering the test,” Anthony police explained. “Then the lab processes the test and bills Medicare. Medicare reimburses the lab for the test and the lab shares the proceeds of that payment with the recruiter.”

The Anthony Police Department issued a reminder that if you receive documents that your primary care physician didn’t order, “do not submit any of your personal information or DNA to an unknown source.”

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