Cleveland - Medical Mutual of Ohio's financial investigations unit reclaimed $5.4 million in fraudulent claims in 2005, the largest amount in company history.Calling it perhaps the costliest of all crimes, the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) estimates more than $100 million is lost each and every day to health insurance fraud.

Everyone pays for health insurance fraud, notes John Shoemaker, financial investigations unit manager at Medical Mutual. "The criminals behind these acts are actually stealing right out of the pockets of the health insurance customer and, in the end, the cost of fraud is passed on to all of us."

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