Dec. 18, 2023

Biotelemetry and Lifewatch to Pay More Than $14.7 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Relating to Remote Cardiac Monitoring Services

BioTelemetry Inc. and its subsidiary, LifeWatch Services Inc., headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and Rosemont, Illinois, respectively (collectively LifeWatch), have agreed to pay more than $14.7 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly submitting claims to federal health care programs for a higher level of remote cardiac monitoring than physicians had intended to order or that was medically necessary, thus inflating the level of reimbursement paid to LifeWatch.

Dec. 15, 2023

Justice Department Files False Claims Act Complaint Against Insect Shield LLC and Its Founder

The Justice Department has filed a complaint under the False Claims Act against Insect Shield LLC for allegedly causing the submission of false claims to the Department of Defense (DoD) under contracts to provide Army Combat Uniforms. The government has also brought claims against the Estate of Richard Lane, who was the founder, majority owner and chief operating officer of Insect Shield until his death in December 2022.

Dec. 15, 2023

Fairfax Doctor Pleads Guilty to Obstructing the IRS, Agrees to Pay $5.3 Million

A Fairfax doctor pleaded guilty today and has agreed to pay $3.1 million in taxes and $2.2 million to insurance companies for corruptly obstructing the IRS by underreporting his income and filing false tax returns in connection with his medical practice. According to court documents, Dr. Jasser Thiara owned and operated an obstetrics medical practice, doing business as Mid-Atlantic Ob-Gyn, and another doctor’s office specializing in pain management called Fairfax Pain Clinic.

Dec. 14, 2023

Florida Man Charged with Health Care Fraud, Wire Fraud, and Kickback Conspiracy

A Florida man was arraigned today on charges relating to his role in a scheme to defraud Medicare by billing for medically unnecessary prescriptions, Attorney for the United States Vikas Khanna announced. Eric Van Vleet, 28, of Delray Beach, Florida, is charged in an eight-count indictment with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, health care fraud, conspiracy to violate the federal anti-kickback statute, and payment of illegal kickbacks.

Dec. 7, 2023

Chief Executive Officer Admits False Statements to Conceal Foreign Origin of Forklifts Provided to U.S. Army

The chief executive officer of a Passaic, New Jersey, company today admitted falsifying data plates on forklifts provided to the U.S. Army to make it appear as if the forklifts, which were purchased in China, had been manufactured in the United States, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Dec. 7, 2023

Pavion Company to Pay $1.75 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations of Small Business Contracting Fraud

A company located in Chantilly has agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle civil fraud allegations that it and its subsidiaries improperly obtained government contracts that were set-aside for small businesses.

Dec. 6, 2023

Belgian National Charged with Crimes Related to Scheme to Illegally Procure Critical U.S. Technology for End Users in China and Russia

In two separate indictments unsealed yesterday, Hans Maria De Geetere, 61, of Knokke-Heist, Belgium, is charged with crimes related to a years-long scheme to unlawfully export sensitive, military-grade technology from the United States to end users located in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Russian Federation.

Dec. 5, 2023

Former Owner of New Jersey Marketing Company Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Role in $6 Million Compounded Prescription Drug Scheme

The former owner of a New Jersey marketing company was sentenced today to 15 months in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud public and private health benefits programs of over $6 million for the billing of medically unnecessary compounded prescriptions, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Dec. 4, 2023

Hospital Executive and Three Texas Physicians to Pay Over $880,000 to Settle Kickback Allegations Involving Laboratory Testing

Former hospital executive Peggy Borgfeld, of Lexington, Texas, and physicians Linh Nguyen, M.D. and Thuy Nguyen, M.D., of Dallas, and Heriberto Salinas, M.D., of Cleburne, Texas, have agreed to pay a total of $880,199 to resolve False Claims Act allegations involving illegal remuneration in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute.

Dec. 4, 2023

Doctor Charged in $14M Medicare and TRICARE Fraud Scheme

Vanessa R. Waldref, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced today that Thomas Andrew Webster, M.D., age 50, of Sylvania, Ohio, has been charged by Filing of Information on one count of Conspiracy to Violate the Anti-Kickback Statue in connection with a fraudulent medical supply scheme that targeted elderly Medicare and TRICARE beneficiaries throughout Washington and in other states.