Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center

The office of Dr. Enrico Arguelles at the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center at 708 Broadwater Ave. has been raided by federal authorities.

Federal investigators have set up a dedicated phone line for patients of the rheumatoid doctor whose Billings office was raided last month

Agents from the Health and Human Services branch of the Office of Inspector General, the FBI and the Montana Medicaid Fraud Control Unit searched the office of Enrico Arguelles, a rheumatoid doctor with Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center PC, in Billings on March 31.

While officials haven't commented on the specifics of the investigation, the Office of Inspector General investigates waste and fraud of federal tax dollars. Montana Medicaid Fraud Control Unit does the same on the state level. 

The FBI hotline was set up after a number of patients began calling state and federal authorities with questions and concerns "about the medical care they have received at Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center," Katherine Harris, an OIG spokeswoman, said in a statement. 

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"If members of the public, including current or former patients or other health care providers, have information or concerns about the ongoing investigation or about Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center, they can call the hotline at 801-579-6187," she said.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Helena has now been brought into the investigation and spokeswoman Melissa Hornbein said the number of calls the agencies were getting was substantial. 

"Individuals were contacting HHS, the FBI (and state agencies)," she said. "So the hotline was set up."

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