Nov. 9, 2021

Three Men Admit Roles in $50 Million Health Care Fraud and Kickback Scheme

Three men today admitted their roles in a health care fraud and kickback schemes, U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Nov. 8, 2021

Justice Department Files Complaint Against Professional Compounding Centers of America Inc. for Reporting Fraudulent Pricing Information for Ingredients Sold to Pharmacies

The Justice Department has filed a complaint under the False Claims Act against Professional Compounding Centers of America Inc. (PCCA), a Houston-based company that sells active pharmaceutical ingredients and other products and services to compounding pharmacies. The complaint alleges that PCCA reported fraudulent and inflated Average Wholesale Prices (AWPs) for its ingredients that bore no relationship to the actual prices at which it sold those ingredients to its pharmacy customers, thereby causing those pharmacies to submit inflated compound prescription claims to TRICARE, the federal health care program providing insurance for active duty military personnel, military retirees and military dependents.

Nov. 8, 2021

Former metallurgist lab director pleads guilty to major fraud on USA

The former Director of Metallurgy at Bradken Inc. pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to defrauding the United States by falsifying test results that measure the strength and toughness of steel used in U.S. Navy submarines, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. Elaine Thomas, 67, of Auburn, Washington, pleaded guilty to major fraud on the United States. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle on February 14, 2022.

Oct. 27, 2021

Thirteen Defendants Plead Guilty in $126 Million Compounding Fraud Scheme

Thirteen defendants, including three compounding pharmacy owners, three physicians, two pharmacists, and three patient recruiters, pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Texas to a years-long, multi-state scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) and TRICARE.

Oct. 26, 2021

Chicago Tech Executive Guilty of Illegally Exporting Computer Equipment to Pakistan

A Chicago technology executive pleaded guilty today to a federal criminal charge and admitted illegally exporting computer equipment from the United States to a nuclear research agency of the Pakistani government.

Oct. 26, 2021

Mobile Doctor Sentenced to Four Years for Role in Major Compounding Pharmacy Fraud Conspiracy

A Mobile-area doctor was sentenced today for her role in a major compounding pharmacy fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Special Agent in Charge Derrick L. Jackson, Defense Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent in Charge Cynthia Bruce, U.S. Postal Inspection Service Acting Inspector-in-Charge, Houston Division, Dana Carter, and IRS Criminal Investigations Atlanta Field Office Special Agent in Charge James Dorsey.

Oct. 25, 2021

Chief Financial Officer for Oklahoma Business Found Guilty of Employment Tax Fraud

A federal jury convicted a North Carolina woman on Oct. 22 of employment tax fraud.

Oct. 25, 2021

Atlanta pharmacy to pay $4.6 million to settle False Claims Act allegations regarding compound medications

Curant, Inc., which owns pharmacies in Smyrna, Georgia and St. Petersburg, Florida, along with its owners and related entities, agreed to pay $4.6 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by, among other things, charging the government far higher prices than the “usual and customary” prices charged to other patients.

Oct. 22, 2021

Doctor and Owner of Medical Practice Indicted for Health Care Fraud

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury returned a fifty-count indictment, charging Linh Cao Nguyen, M.D., 48, of Peoria, Arizona, with Health Care Fraud, False Statements Relating to a Health Care Matter, and Aggravated Identity Theft.

Oct. 22, 2021

Texas Pain Management Physicians Agree to Pay $3.9 Million to Resolve Allegations Relating to Unnecessary Urine Drug Testing

Two Texas physicians, Robert Wills and Brannon Frank, have agreed to pay $3.9 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly billing Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE for medically unnecessary urine drug testing.