February 5, 2019 - Posts

Whistleblower Roundup – February 5th, 2019

A look back at the week’s news and developments affecting whistleblowers.

Pathology Laboratory Agrees to Pay $63.5 Million for False Claims Act Violations

Pathology laboratory company Inform Diagnostics has agreed to pay $63.5 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians. The company violated the Anti-Kickback Statue by providing to referring physicians free or discounted technology consulting services. The lawsuit was brought by a whistleblower, and the whistleblower will share in the recovery. To read more from Bloomberg Law, click here.


Newark-Based Company and CEO Agree to Pay $2.75 Million to Resolve Allegations of Government Contracting Fraud

The Department of Justice announced that E.M. Photonics, Inc. (EMP) and its CEO, Eric Kelmelis, have agreed to pay $2.75 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations. They violated the False Claims Act by seeking reimbursements from federal agencies for falsified labor costs. EMP and Kelmelis engaged in schemes to defraud two federal grants by directing employees to falsely complete timesheets for labor that the employees did not perform.


Texas Doctor Sentenced to Prison for Role in Multi-Million Dollar Medicare Fraud Scheme

Physician John P. Ramierz was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison and pay $26 million in restitution for defrauding Medicare. From 2011 to 2015, Ramirez and two co-conspirators operated a scheme in home health agencies to submit false and fraudulent paperwork to Medicare for services that were not medically necessary or provided. To read the DOJ press release, click here.



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