September 24, 2024
Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC to Pay $56.5 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Relating to Drug Marketing and Promotion Practices
Pharmaceutical company Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC will pay $56.5 million to resolve civil allegations that it violated the False Claims Act as a result of its marketing and promotion of several drugs, the Justice Department announced today. Shire, located in Wayne, Pennsylvania, manufactures and sells pharmaceuticals, including Adderall XR, Vyvanse and Daytrana, which are approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Pentasa and Lialda, which are approved for the treatment of mild to moderate active ulcerative colitis.
July 24, 2013
Money Launderer Pleads Guilty in Connection with Brooklyn Medicare Fraud Scheme
A Philadelphia resident pleaded guilty today for his role as a money launderer in a $13 million health care fraud scheme.
July 17, 2013
Williamsport Resident Sentenced To 70 Months on Federal Tax Charges
The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Cheryl Cobia, age 27, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania was sentenced to 70 months' imprisonment by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann on July 9, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Williamsport. Cobia pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of conspiracy and false statements in connection with a scheme to file false federal income tax returns in 2009-2011. Cobia was also charged with making false statements in applications for food stamps and medical assistance benefits.
July 9, 2013
Philadelphia Doctor Pleads Guilty to Running Pill Mill
Kermit Gosnell, 72, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty today to 12 counts in connection with running a pill mill out of his clinic located at 3801-3805 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. Gosnell pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, including oxycodone, alprazolam, and codeine; distribution and aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone; and maintaining a place for the illegal distribution of controlled substances. U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe scheduled a sentencing hearing for October 4, 2013. He faces an advisory sentencing guideline range of 292 to 365 months in prison.
June 3, 2013
Doctor Convicted In Kickback Scheme Involving A Philadelphia Hospice
A federal jury has returned guilty verdicts against Eugene Goldman, M.D., 55, of Philadelphia, on one count of conspiring to violate the anti-kickback statute and four counts of violating the anti-kickback statute in relation to his role in a kickback scheme arising from his employment as the Medical Director at Home Care Hospice Inc. (HCH). U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo Robreno scheduled a sentencing hearing for September 9, 2013.
April 17, 2013
Owner of Brotherly Love Ambulance Pleads Guilty To $2 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme
Feda Kuran, 37, of Philadelphia, PA, pleaded guilty to a health care fraud scheme that involved billing Medicare for ambulance services that were not medically necessary, that were not actually provided, or that were induced by illegal kickbacks. During this health care fraud scheme, the defendant also gave and received illegal kickbacks. As a result, the Medicare program paid more than $2,015,712 for the fraudulent bills.
April 10, 2013
Seven Charged In Health Care Fraud Scheme - Medicare Billed $3.6 Million for Unnecessary Ambulance Rides
An indictment was unsealed today charging Penn Choice Ambulance Inc., operating from Philadelphia, PA, Huntington Valley, PA and Camp Hill, PA, its owner, Anna Mudrova, and operators Yury Gerasyuk, Mikhail Vasserman, Irina Vasserman, Aleksandr Vasserman, Valeriy Davydchik, and Khusen Akhmedov, with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
April 3, 2013
St. Luke's University Health Network Agrees to Pay Government $1,029,791 to Resolve Alleged Improper Medicare Claims
St. Luke's University Health Network has agreed to pay the United States $1,029,791 to resolve allegations that it erroneously submitted improper claims to the Medicare program. St. Luke's University Health Network owns and operates St. Luke's Hospital of Bethlehem, St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital, and St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital.
Easton Hospital has agreed to pay the United States $454,866 to resolve allegations that it submitted improper claims to the Medicare program. Easton Hospital is a subsidiary of Community Health Systems and is located in Easton, Pennsylvania.
October 31, 2012
Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud
Brian Racey, 42, of North Wales, PA, was a territory manager for Orthofix, Inc. and has admitted to submitting $250,000 in fraudulent claims.