UPS Agrees to Pay $25 Million Settlement to Resolve False Claims

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The Department of Justice announced that Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) has agreed to pay $25 million to resolve false claims allegations. According to justice.gov:

The settlement announced today resolves allegations that from 2004 to 2014, UPS engaged in practices that concealed its failure to comply with its delivery guarantees, thereby depriving federal customers of the ability to request refunds for the late delivery of packages. In particular, the government alleged that UPS knowingly recorded inaccurate delivery times on packages to make it appear that the packages were delivered on time, applied inapplicable “exception codes” to excuse late delivery (such as “security delay,” “customer not in,” or “business closed”), and provided inaccurate “on-time” performance data under the federal contracts.

Read more here: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/united-parcel-service-agrees-settle-alleged-civil-false-claims-act-violations

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Long-Term Care Corp. to Pay $31.5 Million to Settle Lawsuit

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The Justice Department announced that long-term care corporation PharMerica has settled with the United States for $31.5 million in a lawsuit claiming that they dispensed controlled drugs without a valid prescription and violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to Medicare. According to justice.gov:

“Pharmacies put patients at risk when they dispense Schedule II narcotics, which have the highest potential for abuse of any prescription drug, without a valid prescription from a physician,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division.  “Today’s settlement demonstrates our commitment to the fight against the misuse of controlled substances.”

PharMerica is a long-term care pharmacy that dispenses medications to residents of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities.  Many of the prescriptions filled by PharMerica are for controlled substances listed in Schedule II under the Controlled Substances Act.  Schedule II drugs, such as oxycodone and fentanyl, can cause significant harm if used improperly and have a high potential for abuse.

Read more here: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/long-term-care-pharmacy-pay-315-million-settle-lawsuit-alleging-violations-controlled

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Salomon Melgen, Embattled Bob Menendez Donor, Indicted On Medicare Fraud

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The Huffington Post is reporting some shocking news related to the New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez scandal. The article states that Salomon Melgen, a Florida physician charged with corruption along with Sen. Menendez, was indicted on Medicare fraud charges. According to prosecutors, the North Palm Beach ophthalmologist was charged with numerous counts of healthcare fraud, fraudulent claims and making false statements relating to health care. According to the article:

Menendez, a leading foreign policy voice in Congress, pleaded not guilty to corruption charges earlier this month during a federal court appearance. He is charged with accepting up to $1 million worth of lavish gifts from Melgen in exchange for political favors. He was released without bail.

Melgen also pleaded not guilty to the corruption charges and was released on a $1.5 million bond.

Tuesday’s indictment alleged that between 2004 and 2013, Melgen participated in a scheme to defraud Medicare and other healthcare programs, by submitting false claims and medical charts, according to prosecutors.

Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/14/salomon-melgen-medicare-fraud_n_7066336.html

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United States Attorney Announces $650,000 Settlement For False Claims

United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced a $650,000 settlement was reached with Acadiana Cardiology LLC, Acadiana Cardiovascular Center and convicted doctor, Mehmood Patel, M.D., concerning allegations that Patel performed unnecessary medical procedures and billed Medicare.

In the criminal proceedings, Patel was indicted on 94 counts of health care fraud on February 16, 2006, and a jury found him guilty on December 30, 2008 after a two-month trial of 51 counts of health care fraud. He was sentenced on June 4, 2009, to serve 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $387,511 in restitution and a $175,000 fine. In August of 2006, Our Lady of Lourdes agreed to pay a $3.8 million settlement, and in January of 2008, Lafayette General Medical Center agreed to pay a $1.9 million settlement to settle claims.

Read more here: http://www.justice.gov/usao-wdla/pr/united-states-attorney-announces-650000-settlement-acadiana-cardiology-acadiana

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