March 7, 2016

March 1, 2016

Olympus Corp. of America, the country’s largest distributor of endoscopes and related equipment, agreed to pay $623.2 million to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute through a scheme to pay kickbacks to doctors and hospitals.  It is the largest payout ever by a medical device company for violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute.  In addition, Olympus subsidiary Olympus Latin America Inc. also agreed to pay $22.8 million to resolve separate charges relating to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by John Slowik, Olympus’ former chief compliance officer, under the qui tam provisions of the federal and various state False Claims Acts.  He will receive a whistleblower award of roughly $51 million from the proceeds of the government’s recovery.  Whistleblower Insider

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