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Illegal Kickback Results in a List of Charges Against Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services

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U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman of New Jersey recently announced the government is filing charges against four defendants in a Medicare fraud and illegal kickback scheme in North New Jersey. Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services (BLS) and four defendants are accused of bribing doctors with millions of dollars for laboratory referrals and paying enormous fees to physicians to rent minimal and unnecessary office space within their offices. In exchange, the physicians referred patients to BLS for laboratory blood tests that were not always medically necessary. The lab work was always handled by BLS, while private insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid were all left paying the bills.

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Michigan Doctor Charged in Illegal Kickback Scheme

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A Michigan doctor has pleaded no contest to two counts of Medicaid fraud in relation to receiving illegal kickback payments for referrals. Dr. Kevin S. Witt was officially charged in court with the violations, which fall under the False Claims Act. Each charge carries up to four years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

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Orange Community MRI at Center of Illegal Kickback Scheme in New Jersey

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The Department of Justice recently made 14 arrests related to an extremely lucrative illegal healthcare kickback scheme operated out of New Jersey. During a short two-month undercover investigation, authorities recorded at least 32 illegal kickbacks being paid out to various medical professionals. The payments ranged from $200 to $5,820 and were handed out on a monthly basis, totaling approximately $51,500. At the center of the fraudulent activity is a radiology and diagnostic imaging facility, Orange Community MRI.

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Florida-Based Pharmacy Owner Sentenced for Illegal Kickbacks and Medicare Fraud

A Miami-based pharmacy owner was sentenced to 168 months in prison for his role in a Medicare fraud and illegal kickback scheme. Jose Carlos Morales, the co-owner of Pharmovisa, Inc. and PharmovisaMD, plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and one count of conspiracy to pay illegal healthcare kickbacks. According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Morales is responsible for submitting false and fraudulent reimbursement medical claims to government agencies totaling around $23,367,775. In addition to his prison term, Morales was sentenced to serve three years of supervised probation after his release and pay a $100,000 fine.

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Florida Dermatologist Settles False Claims Act Lawsuit for $26.1 Million

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced one of the largest False Claims Act settlements with an individual, resolving allegations that a Florida dermatologist was performing medically unnecessary surgeries on Medicare patients and participating in an illegal kickback scheme.  Dr. Steven J. Wasserman, whose practice is in Venice, Florida, agreed to pay the government an astounding $26.1 million to settle the case.

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Cardiologists Sue Citizens Medical Center for Illegal Kickback Scheme

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Citizens Medical Center, a Texas-based hospital, has been sued by three physicians who claim that the medical center paid illegal kickbacks to multiple staff physicians. Their allegations are now being investigated by the federal Office of Inspector General.

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Allegations of Illegal Kickbacks and Medicare Fraud at Sacred Heart Hospital

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Federal authorities raided Sacred Heart Hospital this week, arresting four doctors and two executives at the West Side hospital in what is being called a “far-reaching” Medicare and Medicaid kickback scheme. Almost $2 million in Medicare reimbursement payments were immediately seized from various bank accounts that are related to the incident.

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Amgen to Pay U.S. $24.9 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

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A California-based biotechnology company recently agreed to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit for $24.9 million. Amgen Incorporated is accused of paying illegal kickbacks to multiple long-term care facility pharmacy providers in return for switching their Medicare and Medicaid patients over to Amgen’s anti-anemia drug Aranesp.

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Mortgage Fraud Lawsuit Filed Against Golden First Mortgage Corporation

A civil mortgage fraud lawsuit filed in Manhattan this week accuses Golden First Mortgage Corporation and its owner, David Movtady, of participating in a fraudulent loan certification scheme that resulted in at least $12 million of losses through participation in the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Direct Endorsement Lender Program. Golden First is charged with violating the federal False Claims Act, the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) of 1989 and committing negligence/breach of fiduciary duty.

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ReadyOne Agrees to $5 Million False Claims Act Settlement

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ReadyOne Industries, Inc. has agreed to a settlement of $5 million related to a qui tam lawsuit alleging the company committed False Claims Act violations. According to the Department of Justice, ReadyOne knowingly and willingly submitted false certifications to a federal agency regarding labor hours for employees with severe disabilities. The fraudulent reports were used to obtain millions of dollars in federal manufacturing contracts for the factory.

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