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US: Russian Diplomats Cheated Health Care, Medicaid Program

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More than a dozen Russian diplomats and their spouses living in New York City have been charged in a $1.5 million fraud of a government health program for the poor.  (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

More than a dozen Russian diplomats and their spouses living in New York City have been charged in a $1.5 million fraud of a government health program for the poor. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — More than a dozen Russian diplomats and their spouses living in New York City have been charged in a $1.5 million fraud of a government health program for the poor.

The diplomats were charged in a complaint unsealed on Thursday in federal court in Manhattan.

The complaint alleges that the defendants systematically submitted fraudulent applications for medical benefits for pregnancies, births and care for young children. Federal prosecutors say the diplomats under-reported their income on the applications so that they would qualify for Medicaid benefits.

Prosecutors are expected to detail the charges at a news conference later Thursday.

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