US Sanctioned For Trashing CHS Medicaid Fraud Docs

Law360, New York (September 4, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT) -- A New Mexico magistrate judge on Friday sanctioned the federal government for destroying evidence that may have helped hospital chain Community Health Systems Inc. defend itself against a whistleblower's claims of Medicaid fraud.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan C. Torgerson granted a Dec. 9 motion for sanctions by CHS. The Tennessee-based company was hit with a suit in 2005 by whistleblower Robert C. Baker alleging it violated the False Claims Act by presenting fraudulent claims for federal matching Medicaid funds. The U.S. Department of Justice joined the...
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