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Las Vegas Doctor Agrees to Pay U.s. Department of Justice $1.2 Million to Resolve Fraud Allegations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2011

Las Vegas, Nev. – Brian Lemper, M.D., a Las Vegas anesthesiologist and pain management physician, has paid the federal government $1.25 million to resolve civil allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice that he defrauded two federal health care insurance benefit programs, TRICARE and the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

The settlement agreement, effective December 22, 2010, states that the United States alleged that from October 1, 2004, through August 31, 2007,Lemper submitted or caused to be submitted inflated or overstated claims to the TRICARE and FEHBP programs for surgeries and surgical supplies. Although the settlement agreement states that Dr. Lemper did not admit liability and that the United States did not concede that its claims were not well founded, Dr. Lemper agreed to pay to the United States $1,258,790.04 to resolve the allegations.

Assistant United States Attorney Roger Wenthe handled the case on behalf of the U.S. Attorney's Office. The case was investigated by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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