National Health Care Fraud Takedown Results in Charges against 301 Individuals for Approximately $900 Million in False Billing – Most Defendants Charged and Largest Alleged Loss Amount in Strike Force History
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced today an unprecedented nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in 36 federal districts, resulting in criminal and civil charges against 301 individuals, including 61 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving approximately $900 million in false billings.
Twenty-three state Medicaid Fraud Control Units also participated in today’s arrests. In addition, the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is suspending payment to a number of providers using its suspension authority provided in the Affordable Care Act. This coordinated takedown is the largest in history, both in terms of the number of defendants charged and loss amount. (more…)
(Source: USDOJ) – A Houston psychiatrist was sentenced today to 144 months in prison for her role in a $158 million Medicare fraud scheme involving false claims for mental health treatment.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas, Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI’s Houston Field Office, Special Agent in Charge C.J. Porter of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) Dallas Region, Special Agent in Charge D. Richard Goss of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Houston Field Office and the Texas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) made the announcement. (more…)
(Source: USDOJ) – Dr. Isaac Kojo Anakwah Thompson, 57, of Delray Beach, pled guilty to one count of health care fraud.
(Source: USDOJ) – A doctor from Superior Township, Michigan was sentenced yesterday to 84 months in prison for participating in a conspiracy to distribute prescription pills illegally, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced.
McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge David P. Gelios, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Division.
Dr. Abbey Akinwumi, age 55, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds. (more…)
Olympus Corp. of the Americas, Nation’s Largest Distributor of Endoscopes, Also Agrees to Reforms and Subsidiary Admits to Foreign Bribery
(Source: USDOJ) – The United States’ largest distributor of endoscopes and related equipment will pay $623.2 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to a scheme to pay kickbacks to doctors and hospitals, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman of the District of New Jersey and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer of the Justice Department’s Civil Division announced today. U.S. Attorney Fishman and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Bitkower of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division also announced that a subsidiary of the distributor will pay $22.8 million to resolve criminal charges relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in Latin America. (more…)
Anyone who truly understands the sick and twisted world that we live in, knows that there are both honest and corrupt people in all the various industries and levels of our society. This fact would include the medical industry whether it is corrupt doctors receiving bribes for their business, or as in this case, a scientist who falsified information with spiked rabbit blood to fake HIV vaccine results.
Just imagine the lies about studies and vaccines like this story that are never found out.
In July, 2015 the Washington Post reported that Dong Pyou Han, a former Iowa State University researcher was sentenced to more than four and half years in prison and ordered him to repay $7.2 million in grant funds his team received from the federal government using his falsified data. (more…)