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Beware the Federal Travel Act in Healthcare Fraud Cases

Posted in Fraud and Abuse, Life Sciences, Litigation, Medicare and Medicaid, Private Insurers, White Collar

Day Pitney’s May 2017 White Collar Roundup included the following item:

Beware the Federal Travel Act in Healthcare Fraud Cases

Another doctor pleaded guilty in the Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS) test referral scheme in New Jersey. Through its president and numerous associates, BLS, of Parsippany, New Jersey, paid millions in bribes for test referrals, which resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and various private insurance companies. Dr. Ahmed El Soury, an internal medicine doctor practicing in Staten Island, New York, pleaded guilty to Count One of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Federal Travel Act, and the honest services wire fraud statute by accepting bribes. To date, the investigation has resulted in 44 convictions, including 30 doctors, relating to the bribery scheme. The investigation also has recovered more than $12 million through forfeiture. For the press release, click here.

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