BioTek reMEDys Inc. (BioTek), located in New Castle, Delaware, and its chief executive officer, Chaitanya Gadde, have agreed collectively to pay $20 million based on their ability to pay to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to patients and physicians to protect its revenue stream.
Tampa, FL – The Justice Department announced that it has awarded more than $4.4 billion to support state, local, and Tribal public safety, and community justice activities. Of that amount, more than $36.6 million has been awarded to entities in the Middle District of Florida. The grants, from the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), will help build community capacity to curb violence, serve victims and youth, and achieve fair outcomes through evidence-based criminal and juvenile justice strategies.
Genomic Health, Inc. (GHI), a Delaware corporation headquartered in Redwood City, California, has agreed to pay $32.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by engaging in a nationwide scheme to improperly bill Medicare for certain laboratory tests used to diagnose and treat cancer patients. GHI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Exact Sciences Corporation, which acquired GHI in November 2019.
Des Moines, IA – On September 29, 2023, Thein Maung, 47, of Ottumwa, was sentenced to twelve years in prison after pleading guilty to forty-nine fraud- and tax-related charges. Phyo Mi, 21, of Ottumwa, was sentenced to nine years in prison after a jury convicted her of sixteen fraud-related charges. In all, Maung and Mi’s fraud resulted in nearly $4 million in losses to the Internal Revenue Service, Iowa Workforce Development, and numerous Iowa citizens.
PROVIDENCE – Two Rhode Island men were arrested for drug trafficking and more than seven kilos of fentanyl pills and powder, and two commercial pill presses have been seized as the result of an ongoing Project Safe Neighborhoods Investigation into the trafficking of fentanyl pills, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha.
Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Naomi D. Gruchacz, Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, New York Region (HHS-OIG) announced that the United States has reached a settlement with Genomic Health, Inc. (GHI) to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act in an alleged nationwide scheme to improperly bill Medicare for laboratory tests known as “Oncotype DX®.”
Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced Leslie Duppins, Jr. (40, Brevard County) to five years in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl. The court also ordered Duppins to an additional 12 months’ imprisonment, to run consecutively, for violating his supervised release conditions by committing the drug offense and driving recklessly. Duppins had pleaded guilty on June 13, 2023.
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced that it is awarding more than $4.4 billion to support state, local, and Tribal public safety and community justice activities. The grants, from the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), will help build community capacity to curb violence, serve victims and youth, and achieve fair outcomes through evidence-based criminal and juvenile justice strategies.