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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a vigil for gun violence victims at the Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) — The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is charging the co-founder and executives of an addiction treatment firm and accusing them of profiting off addicts by fraudulently billing insurance companies for tens of millions of dollars.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the charges Monday against 11 people and nine corporations. The case revolves around Liberation Way, a for-profit treatment company with centers in suburban Philadelphia that was sold to a private equity firm in 2017.

Shapiro says the two-year investigation found more than $44 million in profits from fraudulent schemes.

Those alleged schemes include billing for substandard, nonexistent or unnecessary treatment, generally targeting out-of-network insurance carriers.

Shapiro also says the company got kickbacks from insurance coverage of unnecessary urine lab tests and warehoused addicts in poorly run unlicensed inpatient facilities.