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February 13, 2019

Ashraf Hasan-Hafez and Ilya Kogan have been sentenced to over three years in prison for their participation in a scheme that defrauded Medicare and New York State Medicaid out of $1.3M dollars. Hasan-Hafez, the owner of a physical therapy practice, and Kogan, the owner of an acupuncture company, fraudulently submitted bills for services that were not rendered, or for services performed by unlicensed individuals. In addition to jail time, Hasan-Hafez and Kogan have been ordered to forfeit $1,297,000 in restitution to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  DOJ    

February 7, 2019

Six people associated with a string of substance abuse treatment centers have been indicted for defrauding Ohio's Medicaid program of over $31 million. Ryan Sheridan, the owner and operator of the businesses, along with Jennifer Sheridan, Kortney Gherardi, Lisa Pertee, Thomas Bailey, and Arthur Smith, allegedly submitted claims that were false on a number of fronts, including but not limited to: billing without proper documentation, for medically unnecessary services, provided by unqualified persons, and upcoded to a more costly service. Altogether, 134,744 false claims were submitted for more than $48.5 million in services. USAO NDOH

February 6, 2019

Families United Services, Inc. (FUS) and owner Pamela McKenzie have agreed to pay $645,000 to settle allegations of defrauding Georgia's Medicaid program from 2010 to 2012 by submitting claims for unprovided mental health services. As part of the settlement, FUS has been excluded from participating in federal healthcare programs for a period of five years. USAO NDGA

February 6, 2019

Abbott Labs has agreed to pay a total of $25 million to settle allegations of paying kickbacks to healthcare professionals in exchange for promotion of its drug, and inappropriately marketing its drug, TriCor, for cardiovascular events not approved by the FDA. The case was initiated by the State of North Carolina and joined by California, Illinois, Nevada, Maryland, Michigan, and Texas, as well as the federal government. NC AG

February 5, 2019

Tennessee Health Management, Inc (THM) has agreed to pay over $9.7 million to settle fraud allegations, with over $5 million going to the United States and over $4 million going to the State of Tennessee. From 2010 to 2017, the skilled nursing facility management company allegedly submitted claims with false physician certifications to the state's Medicaid Program, TennCare, in violation of TennCare's rules as well as the False Claims Act. As part of the settlement, THM has also agreed to sign a Corporate Integrity Agreement. USAO MDTN

February 1, 2019

Ali Jama, co-owner of Alpha Star Health Care Inc., was sentenced to 18 months in prison for health care fraud and tax fraud schemes against Medicare and Medicaid. Jama billed the government for services performed by unqualified individuals with criminal backgrounds who were prohibited from providing direct care. Jama also billed for services provided by untrained home health aides and provided false documents and false records for his taxes to reduce his company’s tax liability from approximately $680,000 to $81,000. Jama has been ordered to forfeit $300,000 and pay $392,000 in restitution to Medicaid. He must also pay the IRS $311,000 in restitution. DOJ

January 28, 2019

Avanti Hospitals LLC and six of its owners will pay $8.1 million to settle claims that they violated the False Claims Act by submitting, or causing Avanti’s subsidiary, Memorial Hospital of Gardena, to submit false claims to the Medicare and Medicaid programs for medical services referred by a physician who received kickbacks and other improper payments from Gardena and other Avanti affiliates. The settlement partially resolves allegations originally brought in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Dr. Joshua Luke, the former C.E.O. of Gardena Hospital. DOJ

January 22, 2019

Walgreens Co. will pay the U.S. and the State of Wisconsin $3.5 million to settle a case under the False Claims Act alleging that the retail pharmacy routinely dispensed stimulant medications to Wisconsin Medicaid beneficiaries without first verifying that the prescribing physician ordered the medication for medically appropriate treatment, such as treatment for attention deficit disorder. The case was initiated by unidentified whistleblowers, who will receive a share of the settlement to be determined. USAO EDWI

January 22, 2019

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. will pay $60 million to settle a False Claims Act case brought by a whistleblower alleging that the retail pharmacy chain knowingly overcharged Medicaid when it charged the healthcare program more than "usual and customary price" for medications that participants in Walgreens "Prescriptions Savings Club" received at a lower price.  Of the settlement, approximately $32 million will be paid to the U.S. and $28 million to the affected states.  Whistleblower Marc D. Baker will receive a share of the total settlement, to be determined at a later date.  USAO SDNY

January 15, 2019

New York has reached a $9 million settlement with Diamond Braces, a chain of dental offices, and its principal Oleg Drut, DDS, for false claims Diamond made to NY's Medicaid program for orthodontic procedures that were performed by personnel who were not certified to perform the work they did as required by NY state law.  NY
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