Mark T. Conklin, the former owner and operator of Florida-based Recovery Home Care Inc. and Recovery Home Care Services Inc. (RHC) agreed to pay $1.75 million to resolve charges of violating the False Claims Act by paying illegal kickbacks to doctors who agreed to refer Medicare patients to RHC for home health care services. Conklin sold RHC to National Home Care Holdings in October 2012. According to the government, Conklin ran a scheme under which RHC paid dozens of physicians thousands of dollars per month to serve as sham medical directors who performed little or no work in exchange for referring their patients to RHC. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former RHC employee Gregory Simony under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. He will receive a whistleblower award of up to $315,000 from the proceeds of the government’s recovery. DOJ
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