Arrests in Palm Beach County drug treatment fraud case

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg announced the arrests of 15 people in a multi-state drug treatment fraud investigation on Tuesday. They face 206 felony counts of patient brokering and conspiracy.

“The largest kickback scheme involving labs that our task force has uncovered both in the number of defendants and in the amount billed,” Aronberg said.

Aronberg was joined by the FBI, Justice Department, Palm Beach County Sober Homes Task Force, and the Pennsylvania’s Office of the Attorney General at a news conference.

The suspects face 206 felony counts of patient brokering and conspiracy, and the investigation involves 10 treatment centers from Miami to Fort Pierce.

The Sober Homes Task Force was created in 2016

to crack down on sober homes and medical facilities that engage in illegal activity.

Among those arrested in this investigation was a Palm Beach County family accused of patient brokering.

According to their arrest reports, Steven Manko and Alana Manko, a husband and wife, managed Treatment Alternatives, LLC.

Together with their daughter, Irene Manko, they were

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