Michigan doctor Hussein Awada agreed to pay $200,000 to resolve charges he violated the False Claims Act by writing prescriptions for oxycodone and other controlled medications and billing for medical services without medical justification. According to the government, Awada conspired with patient “marketers” to write prescriptions for tens of thousands of dosages of oxycodone and other controlled medications for no medical purpose and then used the patient data to submit bills to Medicare for services that were either never performed or were medically unjustified. Awada also caused these same patients to receive medically unnecessary monthly x-rays, and other invasive tests, to help conceal his fraud. Awada previously pled guilty to these charges and was sentenced to 84 months in prison and pay $2.3 million in restitution. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Heather Henson, who worked as a receptionist for Awada at his medical practice. She will receive a whistleblower award of $36,000. DOJ (EDMI)
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