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June 28, 2018

Southern District of Florida Charges 124 Individuals Responsible for $337 Million in False Billing as Part of National Healthcare Fraud Takedown

The South Florida charges are part of the largest ever national health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that more than 601 defendants were charged, across 58 federal districts, including 76 doctors, as well as nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving approximately $2 billion in false billings. Of those charged, over 162 defendants, including doctors, were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics. Thirty state Medicaid Fraud Control Units also participated in today’s arrests. In addition, HHS announced today that from July 2017 to the present, it has excluded 2,700 individuals from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, and all other Federal health care programs, which includes 587 providers excluded for conduct related to opioid diversion and abuse.

June 27, 2018

Father and Son Admit to Fraudulent Sales of Titanium to Connecticut Defense Subcontractor

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOHN J. PALIE, JR., 62, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, and JOHN J. PALIE III, 42, of Plymouth, Massachusetts, waived their right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to fraud offenses stemming from their having sold titanium to a Connecticut defense subcontractor.

June 26, 2018

Former Army Contractor Pleads Guilty For "No Show" Job Involving Contract At Aberdeen Proving Ground

Eric D. Price, age 58, of Fayetteville, North Carolina pleaded guilty today to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States and commit wire fraud, related to payments to him for a "no show" job on a sub-contract under contracts awarded by the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), in Harford County, Maryland.

June 21, 2018

Chinese National Arrested for Conspiring to Illegally Export U.S. Origin Goods Used in Anti-Submarine Warfare to China

A Chinese national was arrested today and charged in connection with violating export laws by conspiring with employees of an entity affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to illegally export U.S. origin goods to China, as well as making false statements to obtain a visa to enter the United States and to become a lawful permanent resident under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program.

June 14, 2018

Former employee of U.S. government contractor in Afghanistan sentenced to federal prison for accepting kickbacks from subcontractor

A former employee of a U.S. government contractor in Afghanistan was sentenced today for accepting illegal kickbacks from an Afghan subcontractor in return for his assistance in obtaining subcontracts on U.S. government contracts.

June 14, 2018

Two men face federal charges for their role in stealing government property

United States Attorney Josh Minkler announced today that two men are facing federal charges for their role in stealing Humvee vehicles that were meant to be destroyed and sold for scrap. Richard S. Treloar, 63, St. Louis, Missouri, faces seven counts of conversion of government property and seven counts of false statements; co-defendant Mark W. Collier 52, Bedford, Indiana, faces seven counts of false statements.

June 8, 2018

Signature HealthCARE to Pay More Than $30 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Related to Rehabilitation Therapy

Signature HealthCARE, LLC, a Louisville, Kentucky based company that owns and operates approximately 115 skilled nursing facilities, including 7 in middle Tennessee, has agreed to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly submitting false claims to Medicare for rehabilitation therapy services that were not reasonable, necessary and skilled, the Department of Justice announced today.

June 4, 2018

Fort Myers Pain Management Physician Pleads Guilty To Healthcare Offenses And Agrees To $2.8 Million Civil Settlement With The United States

Dr. Michael Frey, M.D. (46, Fort Myers) has pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to receive healthcare kickbacks. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for each count. Dr. Frey also faces a term of supervised release of up to three years for each count. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

May 25, 2018

United States Settles False Claims Act Allegations Against Riverside Spine & Pain Physicians For More Than $1.2 Million

United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces today that Riverside Spine & Pain Physicians, LLC (RSPP), a pain management practice principally located in Jacksonville, Florida, has agreed to pay the United States $1,204,415.60 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly billing the government for medically unnecessary urine drug tests.

May 14, 2018

Ellington Psychiatrist and Mental Health Clinic Pay Over $800,000 to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

United States Attorney John H. Durham and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that DR. ERUM SHAHAB and WAIRE, LLC, doing business as ELLINGTON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (“EBH”), have entered into a civil settlement agreement with the federal and state governments in which they will pay $805,071 to resolve allegations that they violated the federal and state False Claims Acts.