BROOKLYN - Federal prosecutors today charged 44 people, including at least a dozen from Brooklyn, in an alleged $100 million Medicare fraud scheme.

According to the southern District Attorney of New York, the suspects stole the identities of both doctors and patients. They then allegedly set up phantom bank accounts and used the names to submit fake Medicare bills.

Authorities say the scam is connected to an international Armenian crime organization that allegedly bribed a worker at Lutheran Hospital to give them patients' names.

Officials say operations were run out of a small office above an auto body shop on Coney Island Avenue.