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“Patient Broker” Sentenced for Medicare Fraud Kickback Scheme

September 27, 2012
Last month, a “patient broker” was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his part in a conspiracy to commit Medicare fraud that resulted in huge financial losses to the Medicare system. Jean-Luc Veraguas, who worked for a number of health care providers plead guilty in May, admitting that he accepted illegal kickbacks in exchange […]

Atlanta Oncology Practice to Pay $4 Million for Overbilling Medicare

September 26, 2012
Last week, a prominent Atlanta cancer treatment practice reached a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice to resolve allegations that it over-billed Medicare. Georgia Cancer Specialists is one of the largest oncology providers in the country and has 27 offices in Georgia. The company has not released a statement yet and though it has […]

Whistleblower to Receive Over $9 Million in Medical Device Fraud Settlement

September 18, 2012
This summer, the DOJ announced that it had reached a $34 million settlement agreement with a Texas medical device manufacturer to settle a lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act. The company, Orthofix Inc., was accused of a number of fraudulent practices designed to promote sales of its products, violating federal laws designed to prevent […]

Chattanooga “Pill Mill” Owners and Employees Charged in Federal Court

September 13, 2012
On Tuesday, federal prosecutors announced the indictment and arrest of four Chattanooga, Tennessee owners and employees of pain management clinics that the government is calling “pill mills.” According to the government, the two men and two woman conspired to distribute various controlled substances and ran “drug-involved premises.” Two are charged with specific acts of distributing…

Wiretaps Now More Frequently Used in Georgia Criminal Investigations

September 8, 2012
State and federal investigations have relied on wiretaps and other means of intercepting communications for decades. A large body of law has developed controlling the procedures that law enforcement officers must use before, during, and after tapping phone and other electronic communications. Federal statutes have very detailed requirements that law enforcement must follow and state…

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