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June 10, 2022

A doctor who allegedly submitted claims to Medicare and Medi-Cal for unperformed procedures, services, and tests, in violation of the California and federal False Claims Acts, has agreed to pay $9.5 million to resolve a civil suit.  The qui tam case by Minas Kochumian’s former medical assistant Elize Oganesyan, and former IT consultant Damon Davies, alleged that claims for treatment of osteopathic issues that were submitted over a six year period were false.  The settlement includes $5.5 million that Kochumian already paid as criminal restitution in a separate case in the Central District.  As part of the civil settlement, Oganesyan and Davies will share a $1.75 million award.  CA AG; USAO EDCA

June 8, 2022

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) has agreed to pay $12.9 million to the State of Texas to resolve allegations of violating the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act.  DRL had allegedly reported inflated drug prices to the Texas Medicaid program in order to receive higher reimbursements.  TX AG

June 1, 2022

Behavioral health provider Healthkeeperz, Inc. has agreed to pay $2.1 million to resolve allegations that it falsely billed North Carolina’s Medicaid program for services that were not covered.  The allegations arose from a lawsuit filed by Ginger Hill under the qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act and the North Carolina False Claims Act.  USAO WD NC; NC

May 19, 2022

Retailer H&M will pay $36 million to New York State to resolve claims that the company violated a New York law which requires gift card issuers to turn over unused balances on gift cards to the state’s Abandoned Property Fund after five years of inactivity.  The retailer repeatedly lied to the state about its failure to transfer the unused gift card balances as required, and falsely told the state that an out-of-state company was handling its gift cards business. A whistleblower who filed a lawsuit under the New York False Claims Act will receive $7.74 million for bringing H&M’s misconduct to light.  NY

May 9, 2022

Prism Behavioral Solutions has agreed to pay $650,000 to resolve allegations of violating the federal and California False Claims Acts by billing California’s Medicaid program for services not provided to autistic children and young adults.  The whistleblower in this case, Diana Mason, is a behavioral analyst employed by Prism, and will receive a $170,000 share of the settlement.  USAO SDCA; CA AG

April 12, 2022

Providence Health & Services Washington has agreed to pay $22.7 million to settle allegations of submitting false claims to Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE.  According to an unnamed whistleblower, who will receive a $4.2 million relator’s share, the hospital allegedly gave their neurosurgeons volume-based financial incentives to perform complex surgeries, thereby incentivizing two neurosurgeons to perform an excessive number of complex surgeries on inappropriate candidates without regard to medical necessity or patient safety, and ultimately causing an excessive level of complications.  USAO EDWA

March 25, 2022

Two New York-based home health agencies, All American Homecare Agency and Crown of Life Care NY LLC, have agreed to pay a total of $5.4 million to settle allegations of violating federal and state False Claims Acts.  The agencies had allegedly paid their home health aides below minimum wage, despite claiming otherwise and receiving millions for said wages from Medicaid.  In addition to the monetary penalties, the agencies will also pay back wages owed to current and former aides.  NY AG; USAO EDNY

March 7, 2022

Redwood Toxicology Laboratory has agreed to pay nearly $4.8 million to settle allegations that the California-based urine drug testing service overcharged the Connecticut Medicaid program for certain laboratory services, in violation of Connecticut’s “Most Favored Nation” regulation, which provides that the state should not be charged more than the lowest price charged to third parties.  The settlement covered claims submitted between January 2015 through February 2018.  USAO CT

March 3, 2022

Multiple chemical companies agreed to pay a collective total of $11.7 million to resolve claims by state and local entities that from 1997 through at least 2011, they participated in a nationwide conspiracy to allocate territories and customers, unlawfully rig bids, and fix prices paid by government entities for the purchase of coagulant liquid aluminum sulfate, a chemical used in water treatment and purification.  The defendants include General Chemical entities, GenTek, Inc., Chemtrade entities, GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc., C&S Chemicals, Inc., USALCO, LLC, Delta Chemical Corporation, and American Securities, LLC.  The Commonwealth of Virginia recovered $1.1 million in a whistleblower case initiated under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act by Lawrence McShane.  VA

February 11, 2022

Transportation company Academy Bus, LLC, together with related entities and individuals, will pay $20.5 million to resolve claims brought in a whistleblower lawsuit under New Jersey’s False Claims Act that the defendants defrauded New Jersey Transit, for whom defendants operated bus routes.  Defendants were paid by NJ Transit based, in part, on miles and hours driven, with deductions for missed bus trips; they were alleged to have over-reported miles and hours driven, and underreported their missed bus trips to the state.  The settlement also required Academy to implement specific compliance procedures.  The whistleblower, former Academy employee Hector Peralta, will receive an award totaling $3.9 millionNJ
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