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April 9, 2019

A number of telemedicine and durable medical equipment companies, the principals of those companies, and three healthcare providers, were charged with submitting over $1.7 billion in false claims in a scheme to pay unlawful kickbacks and bribes from DME companies in exchange for the referral of Medicare beneficiaries by medical professionals working with fraudulent telemedicine companies for medically unnecessary DME including back, shoulder, wrist and knee braces.  DOJ; USAO MD FL; USAO NJ; USAO SC.

April 2, 2019

Paul Emordi, of Collin County, Texas, was sentenced to prison for 60 months for his part in a $3.7 million health care scheme involving Medicare. Emordi and Celestine “Tony” Okwilagwe, owners and operators of Elder Care, along with Adetutu Etti, the administrator of Elder Care, were convicted on counts of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and on counts of false statements in connection with a health care benefit program. Evidence in the investigation also shows that the defendants submitted fake and fraudulent bills to Medicare for providing services that were not necessary. DOJ

Baltimore-Area Hospital Chain Pays $35M to Settle Kickback Claims

Posted  03/28/19
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MedStar Health, a health system in Maryland and Washington, DC, and two of its hospitals have settled allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by violating the Anti-Kickback Statute. The settlement is not a determination of liability. It settles specific allegations that MedStar paid kickbacks to MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates, a cardiology group based in Maryland, in exchange for...

March 26, 2019

The owner and managing member of a Mississippi-based pharmacy has plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and tax evasion in connection with a massive $200 million compounding pharmacy scheme involving at least 12 individuals over four years. Glenn Doyle Beach, Jr. of Advantage Pharmacy admitted to marketing and formulating compounded medications for TRICARE patients without regard to medical necessity, falsifying paperwork to mislead auditors, and engaging in money laundering and tax evasion to conceal proceeds. He is scheduled to be sentenced in July. DOJ; USAO SDMS

March 21, 2019

Nonprofit healthcare organization MedStar Health Inc. has agreed to pay $35 million to the United States to settle two qui tam lawsuits alleging violations of the False Claims Act at two of its hospitals in Baltimore. According to the first complaint, filed by three cardiac surgeons, MedStar paid illegal remuneration to MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates (MACVA) to induce referrals of Medicare patients. The second complaint, filed by former patients, alleged that while employed by MedStar, former MACVA employee Dr. John Wang engaged in a pattern of performing and billing for medically unnecessary cardiac stent procedures. DOJ

March 7, 2019

A Connecticut-based durable medical equipment supplier, Med Tech, and its owner, Thomas Macre, Sr., have agreed to pay more than $467,000 to resolve allegations of violating the federal and state False Claims Acts. The alleged misconduct involved billing Medicaid for unprovided and medically unnecessary back braces and electrical stimulation units. USAO CT

March 6, 2019

A Texas woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $15 million for her role in a $50 million scheme involving healthcare fraud and money laundering. Daniela Gozes-Wagner was accused of running 28 fake medical testing facilities from 2009, and billing Medicare and Medicaid for tests that were not performed or medically necessary. As part of the scheme, she employed personnel to answer phones and prevent inspectors from entering "testing facilities" that were virtually empty. USAO SDTX

February 27, 2019

The owner and operator of a drug marketing company has pleaded guilty for his role in a $200 million scheme to defraud TRICARE in one of the largest healthcare fraud cases said to come out of Mississippi. Between 2012 and 2016, Howard Randall Thomley of Advantage Marketing Professionals allegedly recruited TRICARE beneficiaries to accept millions of dollars of medically unnecessary compounded medications by paying them a percentage of prescription revenues. The prescriptions forms — signed by medical professionals who never saw the recruited beneficiaries — were then filled by a compounding pharmacy, Advantage Pharmacy, who paid Thomley a portion of the reimbursements. For his role in the scheme, Thomley now faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison at his sentencing in July. USAO SDMS

February 20, 2019

Hope Thomley of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, pleaded guilty for her role in a compounding pharmacy kickback scheme.  Thomley was the owner and operator of acompany that marketed for Advantage Pharmacy in Hattiesburg, and received 50% of Advantage's reimbursements.  Thomley admitted that she knew Advantage submitted false claims for payment to federal healthcare programs for medications that had not been prescribed by a doctor or were not medically necessary.  Between 2012 and 2016, health care benefit programs, including TRICARE, reimbursed Advantage Pharmacy and other pharmacies involved in the scheme at least $200 million. DOJ

February 19, 2019

Xerox Corporation will pay $236 million to the State of Texas to resolve claims that the company and its subsidiary Conduent, which provided services to the Texas Medicaid program, improperly approved requests for orthodontic procedures without ensuring that the procedures met Medicaid program requirements.  As a result, the state paid for orthodontic work that was unnecessary or did not meet program requirements.  Texas
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