Freeport Doctor Settles Federal Health Care Billing Complaint
Contact: John G. Osborn
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II today announced that Peter M.
File, D.O., an osteopathic physician with offices in Freeport, Maine and Alexandria, Virginia, has agreed
to pay $321,443 to settle claims involving false billings to the Medicare and TRICARE federal health care
programs. Medicare provides health insurance primarily to disabled and elderly Americans. TRICARE
provides civilian health benefits to military personnel, military retirees and their dependents.
The United States filed a civil complaint on September 28, 2012 alleging that Dr. File violated the
federal False Claims Act between October 2005 and June 2011 by billing Medicare and TRICARE for
providing osteopathic manipulative treatment, evaluation and management services to patients in
violation of applicable Medicare billing guidelines. The complaint alleged that Dr. File submitted
$315,943 in false claims to Medicare and TRICARE. The complaint sought damages equaling the full
amount of the false claims, along with $5,500 in statutory penalties, for a total of $321,443. Dr. File
cooperated in the investigation.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Department of Health &
Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Inspector
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