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PHARMACIST PLEADS GUILTY TO MEDICAID FRAUD

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Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a Montgomery County pharmacist, 62 year-old Arthur M. Weinstein and the pharmacy he owned, The Medical Pharmacy of Chevy Chase, pleaded guilty to one count each of Medicaid Fraud for defrauding the Medicaid Program of $320,000.00.

ACS Expands Louisiana Dept of Health and Hospitals

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DALLAS, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., (NYSE:ACS), a premier provider of business process and information technology outsourcing solutions, announced today that it has signed a $9.6 million contract amendment with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing (DHH). By establishing a long-term care, single point of entry call center, DHH will ensure that individuals with disabilities, the elderly, and their families have the opportunity to make informed choices on how community and institutional settings can meet their long-term care needs.

CT Pediatricians Settle in Operation Free Shot

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“Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Attorney General, announced that TORRINGTON-WINSTED PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES, P.C. , located at 538 Litchfield Street, Torrington, Connecticut, and 49 Spencer Street, Winsted, Connecticut; and PEDIATRIC & ADOLESCENT HEALTHCARE, P.C., located at 400 Main Street, Ansonia, Connecticut, and its former owner, WILLIAM SILBERBERG, M.D., have entered into two separate civil settlement agreements with the Government to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by submitting fa

Massachusetts Physician Settles

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Boston, MA… United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Joseph C. Moraski, Regional Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; and Kenneth W. Kaiser of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that has settled civil claims against ARTHUR BREGOLI, M.D., under the False Claims Act. BREGOLI, who resides in Braintree, Massachusetts, paid $100,000 to resolve the claims. Based on its investigation, the United States alleged that DR. BREGOLI had overbilled Medicare, during the period 1995 to 1999, by overcharging Medicare patients for nursing facility care in various Massachusetts nursing homes. By the terms of the Settlement Agreement, DR. BREGOLI has also entered into a Certificate of Compliance Agreement with the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services in order that, among other things, his compliance with the Medicare billing guidelines can be monitored.

United Health Insurance $3.5 Milllion Settlement

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“The government alleges that beginning in or about 1996 and continuing through 2000, United Healthcare’s telephone response unit knowingly mishandled certain phone inquiries received from Medicare beneficiaries and providers and then falsely reported its performance information to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning the company’s handling of those calls. CMS is the federal agency charged with administering the Medicare program. From October 2, 1995 to October 1, 2000, United Healthcare acted under contract with CMS as a Durable Medical Equipment Regional Carrier.

Pennsylvania Warning About Tsunami Scams

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“Unfortunately, devastating events such as this one are viewed by thieves and con-artists as a great opportunity to rip-off those who want to help the suffering,” Pappert said. “This catastrophic event is likely to bring about some of the more egregious scams to be conducted under the guise of helping the sick, homeless and orphaned. My goal is to make sure that those who give money to this worthy cause are not taken advantage of and that their donations will be used to help those in desperate need.”

Serono Executive Pleads Guilty to Offering Kickbacks

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“BOSTON, Mass., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ — A Hewlett, New York man pleaded guilty today in federal court to offering kickbacks to three New York City doctors by offering them an all expenses paid trip to attend a medical conference in Cannes, France in April of 1999, in return for writing prescriptions of Serostim, a brand of recombinant human growth hormone used to treat wasting in AIDS patients, manufactured and sold by Serono Laboratories, Inc., now known as Serono, Inc., a subsidiary of Ares-Serono, S.A…”

Dallas Wheelchair Supply Indictment $27 Million

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“United States Attorney Richard B. Roper announced today that a federal grand jury in Dallas returned a 43-count superseding indictment against three durable medical equipment (wheelchair supply) business owners, charging them with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and money laundering, health care fraud, money laundering and forfeiture allegations. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than $27 million in false Medicare billings can be attributed to these defendants.”

Maryland Oxycontin Indictment

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“Baltimore, Maryland - Thomas M. DiBiagio, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, announced today that a federal grand jury has indicted Oliver Clifton Hudson, age 49, and Gregory Wayne Banks, age 53, both of Baltimore, Maryland, as co-leaders of a drug ring that obtained large quantities of the pain reliever called Oxycontin by defrauding government and private health insurance programs. The indictment charges Hudson and Banks with engaging in a “continuing criminal enterprise”(CCE) by organizing and supervising members of a five-year conspiracy that repeatedly committed vi

Bodybuilder and Editor-in-chief of Rx Muscle Magazine Sentenced to 5 Months

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United States Attorney Carol C. Lam announced that David Palumbo, bodybuilder and editor-in-chief of Rx Muscle magazine, was sentenced today to five months in federal custody, followed by five months of home detention, based on his October 5, 2004 plea of guilty before the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan, to the charge of conspiring to unlawfully distribute human growth hormone. In connection with his guilty plea, Palumbo had admitted that he obtained counterfeit Serostim from Bill Young in San Diego, California, which he would sell to bodybuilders who did not possess a lawful prescription.
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