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U.S. agents raid ex-lawmaker’s medical group

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Federal authorities are investigating allegations of insurance fraud by a health-care organization run by former Rep. Tom McMillen, according to several media reports.

Criminal investigative agents from the Postal Service and the Defense Department seized truckloads of documents, computers and other materials from the Capitol Hill headquarters of McMill- en's company, Complete Wellness Centers Inc., The Washington times, WRC-TV and The Washington Post reported.McMillen, a three-term Democrat from Maryland, is the organization's chairman and chief executive.

Court documents related to the raid, including an affidavit used to obtain a search warrant, were ordered sealed by a federal judge.

On Wednesday, Complete Wellness Centers issued a statement confirming the reports that authorities arrived at its office the day before with warrants and grand jury subpoenas demanding "patient billing records and computer systems related to various insurers."

The company identified five insurers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Virginia and the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services, or CHAMPUS, which insures people eligible for health benefits through the military. Agents also confiscated billing records related to Medicare, Medicaid and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

McMillen, a Rhodes Scholar and former basketball player for the Washington Bullets, was unavailable for comment. His company's statement, however, quoted him as saying, "We are surprised by the actions of the government, inasmuch as the company does very little business with the various federal health benefit programs mentioned in the warrants and does very little billing for its affiliated clinics."