Rite Aid Corporation agreed to pay $3M to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by offering illegal inducements to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to transfer their prescriptions to Rite Aid pharmacies. The government alleged that from 2008 to 2010, Rite Aid had improperly influenced the decisions of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to transfer their prescriptions to Rite Aid pharmacies by offering them gift cards in exchange for their business. The charges originated in a whistleblower complaint filed by Jack Chin under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Chin will receive a whistleblower award of approximately $500,000. DOJ
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