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Sept. 22, 2020

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces $11.5 Million Settlement With Biotech Testing Company For Fraudulent Billing And Kickback Practices

Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Scott J. Lampert, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General ("HHS OIG"), and Leigh-Alistair Barzey, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Field Office of the U.S. Department of Defense - Office of Inspector General's Defense Criminal Investigative Service ("DCIS"), announced today an $11 .5 million settlement of a False Claims Act case against BIO-REFERENCE LABORATORIES, INC. ("BRL"), a New Jersey-based biotechnology company that provides molecular and diagnostic tests. The settlement resolves claims that from 2009 to 2012, BRL fraudulently billed federal healthcare programs for testing conducted on hospital inpatients that should have been billed to the hospitals instead, and that BRL knowingly donated the cost of electronic medical records software to physicians' offices throughout the country based solely on the volume of business generated by those practices, in violation of the False Claims Act and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. Under the settlement approved by U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels, BRL will pay $11 ,500,960.00 to the United States to resolve the fraudulent billing and kickback claims. BRL also made extensive admissions regarding the company's conduct.

Sept. 18, 2020

Falmouth Man Charged with Fraud, Theft and Impersonating a Federal Officer

PORTLAND, Maine: A federal grand jury indicted a Falmouth man for federal program fraud, wire fraud, false personation and theft of government benefits, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced today.

Sept. 16, 2020

Sarasota Pain Doctor And Former Insys Sales Representative Charged In Health Care Fraud Kickback Conspiracy

Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the unsealing of a 16-count indictment charging Steven Chun (57, Sarasota) and Daniel Tondre (50, Tampa) with conspiring to pay and receiving kickbacks in connection with prescribing a fentanyl spray. Chun is also charged with five counts of soliciting and receiving kickbacks in the form of speaker fees; Tondre is charged with five counts of offering and paying the speaker fees to Chun when he worked as an lnsys sales representative; and Chun and Tondre are both charged in five counts of identification fraud in connection with the speaker events. If convicted on all counts, Chun and Tondre each face a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison on the conspiracy count, up to 5 years' imprisonment on each identification fraud count, and up to 10 years in prison for each substantive kickback violation. The indictment also notifies the defendants that the United States is seeking a money judgment in the amount of the proceeds of the alleged kickbacks.

Sept. 16, 2020

Former Business Executive Sentenced to Prison for $4 Million Bribery Scheme Involving DoD Contracts for Wounded Military Veterans

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -An Oregon man was sentenced today to 42 months in prison for his role in a $4 million bribery and fraud scheme related to a number of Department of Defense contracts to provide support services for the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded military veterans.

Sept. 15, 2020

Federal Judge in San Antonio Accepts Guilty Plea and Sentences QuantaDyn Corporation to Pay Millions of Dollars in Fines and Restitution for Bribery and Government Contract Fraud Scheme

In San Antonio today, an Ashburn, VA-based software engineering company called QuantaDyn Corporation (QuantaDyn) entered a guilty plea to a federal charge in connection with a bribery and government contract fraud scheme that spanned more than a decade and impacted contract awards worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition, the corporation has agreed to pay a $6.3 million fine and more than $37 million in restitution.

Sept. 15, 2020

Couple Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Embezzlement

A Fayetteville couple pied guilty for their role in a conspiracy which embezzled money belonging to the United States. According to court documents, Morris Cooper [63] was a purchasing agent assigned to the Operations and Maintenance Division, Directorate of Public Works (DPW), at Fort Bragg, NC and entrusted to purchase HVAC parts for DPW's HVAC maintenance section. From 2011 into 2019, Cooper used his position as a purchasing agent at DPW, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, to conspire with vendors to unlawfully enrich the participants of the conspiracy by steering contracts for supplies to specific vendors in return for cash payments and gifts, and by inflating prices on supplies, increasing both the profits to the vendor and the cash payment made to Cooper and/or his wife, Beverley Cooper [53].

Sept. 9, 2020

William M. Kelly, M.D., Inc And Omega Imaging, Inc. Agree To Pay $5 Million To Resolve Alleged False Claims For Unsupervised And Unaccredited Radiology Services

William M. Kelly Inc. and Omega Imaging Inc., together, operate 11 radiology facilities in Southern California, have agreed to pay the United States $5 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by knowingly submitting claims to Medicare and the military healthcare program, TRICARE, for unsupervised radiology services and services provided at unaccredited facilities, the Department of Justice announced today.

Sept. 4, 2020

Texas National Guardsman Sentenced in Government Credit Card Theft Ring

A Texas National Guardsman was sentenced to two years in federal prison and order to repay a $75,000 fine for theft of government money, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.

Sept. 4, 2020

Springfield Woman Sentenced to Prison for Health Care Fraud and Tax Evasion

On September 2, 2020, a Springfield woman who owned several durable medical equipment stores in Oregon was sentenced to federal prison for defrauding six health insurance plans of approximately $1 .3 million and for evading $99,000 in federal income taxes, announced U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams.

Sept. 3, 2020

Seminole Man Sentenced To 48 Months Probation, $249,000 Restitution For Theft From Organization Receiving Federal Funds

The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Randall Pete Loftis, age 41, of Seminole, Oklahoma was sentenced to 4 years of probation and ordered to pay $249,000.00 in restitution for Theft From Organization Receiving Federal Program Funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a)(1 )(A). The charges arose from an investigation by the Seminole Police Department and the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General - Defense Criminal Investigative Service ("DCIS").