Providers, Others Ordered To Pay US $43M In FCA Suit

By John Kennedy (April 5, 2017, 10:49 PM EDT) -- More than a dozen individuals and health care providers must pay $42.8 million for defrauding the federal government in violation of the False Claims Act, a Louisiana federal judge said Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance ordered the penalty based on a whistleblower complaint accusing the defendants of submitting false Medicare claims that they backed up with false records as part of a conspiracy to defraud the government. The defendants, who are also involved in a criminal case over the same scheme, never responded to the claims and are thus subject to default judgment. The relator, Zonell Washington, will receive...

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