Category Archives: Fraud & Abuse

Ambulance Company Owner Sentenced to Prison

Bassem Kuran, 23, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced today to ten months in prison for making false statements to Medicare through VIP Ambulance, Inc., an ambulance company that Kuran owned and which he served as President. The Honorable Gerald J. … Continue reading

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Tenet Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit for $513 Million

A major U.S. hospital chain, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, and two of its Atlanta-area subsidiaries will pay over $513 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to a scheme to defraud the United States and to pay kickbacks in … Continue reading

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Former Tuomey Healthcare CEO Pays $1M Fine

The former CEO of the Sumter-based Tuomey Healthcare Systems, Ralph “Jay” Cox III, paid a $1 million fine and is banned from administering or managing any federal health care programs for four years, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. Cox, who … Continue reading

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Vibra Pays $32.7 Million to Resolve Claims for Medically Unnecessary Services

Vibra Healthcare LLC (Vibra), a national hospital chain headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, has agreed to $32.7 million, plus interest, to resolve claims that Vibra violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for medically unnecessary services, the Department of Justice … Continue reading

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Doctor Confesses He Lied to Protect Colleague in Malpractice Suit

A surgeon who lied about his partner’s skills on the witness stand has been haunted by the deception for nearly two decades. Almost two decades ago Dr. Lars Aanning sat on the witness stand in a medical malpractice trial and … Continue reading

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5 Defendants Face Charges in Pain Management Kickback Scheme

Physicians, CEO, Owner and Marketer Also Charged in Tax and Health Care Fraud Schemes Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury indicted five defendants on charges arising from a scheme whereby physicians and administrative personnel associated with a Maryland pain … Continue reading

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Billing Company Hit with First-Ever Penalty in Medicare Case

The owner and operator of a New Jersey billing company will pay a $100,000 penalty after submitting fraudulent Medicare claims for diagnostic tests that were never conducted, marking the first such penalty for a billing company from HHS’ Office of … Continue reading

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Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleges Improper Patient Transfers

A Los Angeles nursing home and two physicians who worked at the facility have paid $3,563,140 to resolve civil allegations that they participated in a scheme to improperly transfer patients recruited from the “Skid Row” district to a hospital for … Continue reading

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Pharmacist Sentenced to Jail for Medicare Fraud

Earlier today, Andrew Barrett, a New York pharmacist who operated pharmacies in Bronx, Queens, and Rockland counties, was sentenced to 43 months’ imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.  As part of the sentence, he was ordered … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Physician Settles Federal Charges

GROVE — A Delaware County physician has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a federal lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice, which accused him of allowing his wife and employees to use pre-signed prescription pads to obtain controlled drugs. … Continue reading

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