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December 2, 2016

Posted  December 27, 2016

Vitas Health Corporation Midwest and related entities agreed to pay $200,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute by paying Dr. Farid Fata for patient referrals to its hospice care services.  In an earlier unrelated criminal matter, Fata pleaded guilty to health care fraud, conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks and promotional money laundering, and was sentenced to a term of 45 years in prison.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Rita Dubois who worked at Vitas as the Director of Market Development in Southeastern Michigan.  Dubois will receive a whistleblower award of $36,000 from the proceeds of the government’s recovery.  DOJ (EDMI)

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