Connecticut Medical Equipment Supplier Pays $467K to Settle Allegations under the False Claims Act
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that Med Tech, LLC, and its owner Thomas Macre, Sr., have entered into a civil settlement agreement with the federal and state governments and have agreed to pay more than $467,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the federal and state False Claims Acts.
Med Tech is a Durable Medical Equipment Supplier in Orange, Connecticut. Med Tech is enrolled as a provider in the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program (“CMAP”), which includes the state’s Medicaid program. Thomas Macre, Sr. owns and operates Med Tech. It is alleged that Med Tech and Macre billed Medicaid for back braces and electrical stimulation unit supplies that were not provided and/or were not medically necessary. To resolve the allegations under the federal and state False Claims Acts, Med Tech and Macre have agreed to pay $467,090 in order to reimburse the Medicaid program, which covers conduct occurring from January 1, 2011 to June 1, 2017.
“Medical equipment suppliers must bill Medicaid accurately, and we will continue to work with our federal and state partners to protect the integrity of all federal healthcare programs,” said U.S. Attorney Durham.
Under the False Claims Act, the government can recover up to three times its actual damages, plus penalties of $11,181 to $22,363 for each false claim.
This matter was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Thidemann, and Assistant Attorney General Antonia Conti of the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General.
People who suspect health care fraud are encouraged to report it by calling 1-800-HHS-TIPS or the Health Care Fraud Task Force at (203) 777-6311.