Feds Take Over Whistleblower's UnitedHealth Overbilling Suit

By Bonnie Eslinger (May 16, 2017, 10:29 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday officially took on a whistleblower's claims accusing UnitedHealth Group Inc. of overcharging Medicare by submitting false information that made patients appear sicker than they were.

The suit filed by relator Benjamin Poehling, the former director of finance for UnitedHealth subsidiary UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, had been kept under seal while the DOJ investigated the claims. It was unsealed in February when the government announced its intention to intervene in the False Claims Act case. While Poehling named more than a dozen defendants, the DOJ only intervened regarding UnitedHealth and its related entities.

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