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January 19, 2017

Posted  January 23, 2017

Nationwide retail pharmacy operator Walgreen Co. agreed to pay $50 million to settle charges it violated the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute by enrolling hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries of government healthcare programs in its Prescription Savings Club program by inducing them with discounts and other monetary incentives. According to the government, Walgreens understood that allowing government beneficiaries to participate in the program was a violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute but nevertheless marketed the program to them anyway and paid its employees bonuses for each customer they enrolled in the program, without verifying whether the customers were government beneficiaries. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ (SDNY)

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