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Feb. 12, 2018

Federal Jury Finds Scientist Guilty Of Defrauding NASA, Navy, And Missile Defense Agency

Tampa, Florida –United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that a jury has found Akbar Fard (53, formerly of Tampa) guilty of wire fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison; his sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 24, 2018.

Feb. 9, 2018

Tampa Resident Convicted for Involvement with Tricare Health Care Fraud Scheme

Tampa resident convicted in federal court in the Southern District of Florida for his involvement in Tricare health care fraud scheme, kickbacks and money laundering.

Feb. 6, 2018

Defense Contractor Agrees To Pay Over A Half-Million Dollars to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Relating to Charging Unallowable Costs on Army Contract

Integral Consulting Services, Inc. has agreed to pay the United States $505,838.00 to settle False Claims Act allegations that it submitted false claims to the United States by inflating certain indirect cost rates in connection with work performed on a Department of the Army contract.

Feb. 5, 2018

Pennsylvania Firearms Dealer Sentenced To 100 Months Imprisonment

The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, Thomas L. Kirsch II, announced that Vahan Kelerchian, 58, of Richboro, Pennsylvania, doing business as Armament Services International “ASI”, was sentenced before Senior District Court Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen for his role in the acquisition of machineguns and restricted laser aiming sights.

Jan. 30, 2018

Tampa’s Largest Ambulance Providers Agree To Pay $5.5 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Regarding Medically Unnecessary Ambulance Transports

United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that AmeriCare Ambulance Service, Inc. and its sister company, AmeriCare ALS, Inc. (collectively, AmeriCare), have agreed to pay approximately $5.5 million to resolve allegations that they defrauded Medicare by billing for medically unnecessary ambulance transportation services.

Jan. 24, 2018

Former Contractor at Military Sealift Command Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy, Bribery, and Honest Services Fraud

A former contractor at the Military Sealift Command (MSC) pleaded guilty today for accepting bribes totaling approximately $2.8 million in the course of a bribery and fraud scheme that lasted more than a decade.

Jan. 12, 2018

Pharmacy Owner, Medical Doctor and Patient Recruiter Convicted in $4.3 Million Pain and Scar Cream Kickback Scheme Against Military Insurance Program

The owner of an Orlando, Florida-area pharmacy, a medical doctor and a patient recruiter were convicted today for their role in a kickback scheme involving pain and scar creams that resulted in the payment of approximately $4.3 million in false and fraudulent claims to TRICARE.

Jan. 10, 2018

Dental Management Company Benevis and Its Affiliated Kool Smiles Dental Clinics to Pay $23.9 Million to Settle false Claims Act Allegations Relating to Medically Unnecessary Pediatric Dental Services

The Justice Department announced today that it has settled False Claims Act allegations against dental management company Benevis LLC (formerly known as NCDR LLC) and more than 130 of its affiliated Kool Smiles dental clinics for which Benevis provides business management and administrative services.

Jan. 10, 2018

Broward County Pharmacy Agrees to Pay the United States $350,000 to Settle allegations that it Submitted Fraudulent Claims to Tricare

Healthy Meds Pharmacy Corp., a pharmacy located in Hallandale, Florida has paid the United States $350,000, to settle allegations under the False Claims Act for filling prescriptions in violation of TRICARE’s policy on telemedicine.

Dec. 22, 2017

Defense Contractors Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding the United States

Jeffrey Harrington and Michael Mayer, owners of several defense contracting firms, were each sentenced in federal court today to 15 months in custody for conspiring to commit wire fraud and file false claims, and to making false statements on their federal income tax returns.