A Chicago bank has been accused of improperly generating $12.5 million of interest income from handling Medicare funds.

The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services said $252 million-asset Highland Community Bank skirted Medicare rules to make the interest from federal money from 1993 to 1999. Highland is one of 20 banks that act as intermediaries between the government and private insurers. The accusation was Highland's third scrape with federal authorities in recent months.

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