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Aug. 29, 2018

Alameda Laboratory To Pay $1.25 Million To Settle Claims of Conducting Unnecessary Testing

Laboratory testing services company Singulex, Inc. of Alameda, Calif., has agreed to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by billing federal health care programs for medically unnecessary testing, announced United States Attorney Alex G. Tse, Special Agent in Charge Steven J. Ryan of the Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), Special Agent in Charge Chris D. Hendrickson of the Western Field Office, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), and Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett of the Federal Bureau of Investigation San Francisco Field Office.

Aug. 24, 2018

CEO and CFO of Utah Biodiesel Company and California Businessman Charged in $500 Million Fuel Tax Credit Scheme

A federal grand jury sitting in the District of Utah has returned an indictment, which was unsealed today, charging the CEO and CFO of Washakie Renewable Energy (WRE), a Utah-based biodiesel company, and a California businessman with laundering proceeds of a mail fraud scheme, which obtained over $511 million in renewable fuel tax credits from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Aug. 24, 2018

Scientist Sentenced To Three Years For Defrauding NASA, U.S. Navy, And Missile Defense Agency

U.S. District Judge Birginia Hernandez Covington has sentenced Akbar Fard (53, formerly of Tampa) to three years in federal prison for wire fraud. The court also ordered Fard to forfeit $1,472,082, proceeds which are traceable to of the offense. A federal jury found him guilty on February 9, 2018.

Aug. 17, 2018

Former U.S. Navy Captain and Two Chief Petty Officers Latest to be Indicted in International Navy Bribery and Fraud Scandal

U.S. Navy Captain (Retired) David Williams Haas was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday on charges that he received at least $145,000 in bribes from foreign defense contractor Leonard Francis, who plied him with parties at luxurious hotels, prostitutes, top-shelf booze and food.

Aug. 9, 2018

Pharmacy Owner Pleads Guilty As Part of Largest Health Care Fraud Case Ever in Mississippi

Thomas Edward Spell, Jr., 50, or Ridgeland, pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett to a Crimiinal Information outlining his role in a more then $240 million dollar scheme to defraud TRICARE, the health care benefit program serving our nation's military, veterans, and their respective family members, announced U.S. Attorney, Mike Hurst, FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze, IRS-Criminal Investigation Acting Special in Charge John F. Khin of the Defense Ciminal Investigative Service.

Aug. 8, 2018

Former CEO of Defense Contractor, Wellco Enterprises, Inc., Sentenced to 41 Months in Federal Prison for "Made In The USA" Marketing and Contract Fraud

On August 6, 2018, the former President and chief Executive Officer of Wellco Enterprises, Inc. (Wellco), and Tactical Holdings Operations, Inc. (Tactical Holdings), Vincent Lee Ferguson, 66, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge, to serve 41 months in federal prison for his role in a wire fraud conspiracy.

Aug. 7, 2018

Two Marine Maintenance Companies Pay $2.8 Million to Settle False Claims Act Investigation

A marine maintenance company based in Alabama, and a rental company owned by the marine maintenance company executives, will pay the government more than $2.8 million to settle claims they improperly billed the Navy for rental equipment, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. International Marine and Industrial Applicators, LLC (IMIA) and Marine Equipment Supply, LLC (MES) were involved in maintenance work on the USS Reagan at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington.

Aug. 3, 2018

Northwest ENT Associates, P.C. to pay approximately $1.2 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations

Northwest ENT Associates, P.C. (“Northwest ENT”), a Marietta, Georgia based professional corporation, has agreed to pay $1,195,361 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims for sinus dilation procedures in which it re-used balloon catheters that were intended for single use only.

Aug. 2, 2018

Early Autism Project, Inc., South Carolina's Largest Provider of Behavioral Therapy for Children with Autism, Pays the United States $8.8 Million to Settle Allegations of Fraud

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina announced today that Early Autism Project, Inc. (“EAP”) has paid the United States $8,833,615 to resolve a False Claims Act investigation that it submitted false claims to the TRICARE and the South Carolina Medicaid programs for therapy services for children with autism. EAP is South Carolina’s largest provider of intensive behavioral treatment to children with autism, known as Applied Behavioral Analysis (“ABA”) therapy. TRICARE is the federal health insurance program for active and retired military members and their families, while South Carolina Medicaid provides health benefits to qualifying low-income residents of South Carolina.

July 31, 2018

Man Sentenced for Falsely Pretending to be a General in The U.S. Army

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that CHRISTIAN GERALD DESGROUX, age 58, of Raleigh, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to 6 months imprisonment followed by 1 year of supervised release. On June 26, 2018, DESGROUX pled guilty to pretending to be a United States Army Lieutenant General in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 912.