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Panel explores overlapping criminal enforcement actions against companies and how penalties are determined

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 20, 2017, 1:10pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Insight into the process of crafting of financial penalties for companies alleged to have engaged in corporate misconduct was a prominent topic of discussion in a recent seminar held June 7.

Jury convicts psychologist in alleged social security scam

Mark Iandolo Jun. 19, 2017, 1:20pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced June 12 that a federal jury has convicted clinical psychologist Alfred Bradley Adkins for his role in an alleged social security disability fraud scheme.

Justice Department issues memo ending third party settlement practice

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:15am

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced June 7 that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a memo ending the DOJ’s third party settlement practice.

U.S. settles with Illinois city in case involving alleged RLUIPA violations

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:14am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced June 6 that the city of Des Plaines, Illinois, has agreed to resolve allegations of violating the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA).

U.S. secures $2.5 million settlement with contractor over alleged False Claims Act violations

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:13am

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced June 5 that Integrated Medical Solutions Inc. (IMS) and former President Jerry Heftler will pay $2.475 million after allegations of violating the False Claims Act and Anti-kickback Act.

U.S. intervenes in federal accessibility law case against Los Angeles

Mark Iandolo Jun. 12, 2017, 1:34pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced June 7 that the United States has intervened in a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles and the CRA/LA (formerly the Community Redevelopment Agency of the city of Los Angeles) in a case involving federal accessibility laws.

Justice Department settles with health care company, secures nearly $31.7 million

Mark Iandolo Jun. 6, 2017, 9:15am

TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 30 that Freedom Health Inc. and related corporate entities will pay $31,695,593 after allegations of violating the False Claims Act in connection with their Medicare Advantage plans.

Citigroup subsidiary to pay $97.44 million after allegations of violating Bank Secrecy Act

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2017, 8:43am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 22 that Banamex USA (BUSA), a Los Angeles-based financial institution and a subsidiary of Citigroup Inc., will forfeit $97.44 million and enter into a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) after allegations that BUSA committed Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) violations.

Court rules Wells Fargo liable 20 percent penalty after allegedly abusive tax shelter

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:10am

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 25 that a federal court in Minneapolis ruled Wells Fargo is liable for a 20 percent negligence penalty for the $350 million of foreign tax credits it claimed while participating in an alleged abusive tax shelter called the Advantaged Repackaged Securities (STARS).

Justice Department settles with onion farm that allegedly discriminated against U.S. citizens

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:07am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 23 that Carrillo Farm Labor LLC (Carillo Farm), an onion farm in Deming, New Mexico, has agreed to settle allegations that it discriminated against U.S. citizens and instead hired mostly foreign visa workers.

U.S. OKs $34,000 settlement with Missouri health care providers

Mark Iandolo May 23, 2017, 8:50am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 18 that two southwest Missouri health care providers will pay $34,000 after allegations of violating the False Claims Act through the creation of improper financial relationships with referring physicians.

Montana federal jury returns $37,000 verdict against landlord who allegedly charged illegal fee

Mark Iandolo May 22, 2017, 1:06pm

BUTTE, Mont. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 17 that a federal jury in Butte, Montana, has returned a $37,343 verdict against a Bozeman, Montana, landlord for charging a $1,000 fee to a tenant with physical and psychiatric disabilities for having a service animal.

U.S. settles with Washington food processing facility after discrimination allegations

Mark Iandolo May 22, 2017, 12:59pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 21 that Washington Potato Company and Pasco Processing LLC has agreed to pay $225,750 and change its business practices to settle allegations of discriminating against lawful permanent residents in their hiring practices.

Justice Department files second complaint against UnitedHealth Group alleging Medicare fraud

Mark Iandolo May 22, 2017, 12:56pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 16 that has it filed a second complaint against UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UHG) for allegations of knowingly obtaining inflated risk adjustment payments based on untruthful and inaccurate information about its UHG’s Medicare Advantage plan beneficiaries and their health statuses.

U.S. settles with merchandising company that allegedly evaded anti-dumping duties on China imports

Mark Iandolo May 10, 2017, 11:31am

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 1 that Importer Merchandising Concepts LP (IMC) and two individuals, Glen Michaels and Alan Lewis, will pay $275,000 to resolve allegations the company improperly evaded customs duties on imports of wooden bedroom furniture from the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

U.S. district court enters consent decree of permanent injunction against Syfrett Feed

Mark Iandolo May 10, 2017, 11:30am

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 4 that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Syfrett Feed Company Inc. of Okeechobee, Florida, its owner and President Charles B. Syfrett I, its Vice President Melissa S. Montes De Oca and its Operations Manager Charles B. Syfrett II.

Justice Department files complaint in UnitedHealth Group lawsuit

Mark Iandolo May 10, 2017, 11:30am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 2 that it has intervened and filed a complaint in a lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UHG).

U.S. settles with contractor for $4.6 million after alleged False Claims Act violations

Mark Iandolo May 4, 2017, 8:47am

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 24 that Energy & Process Corporation (E&P) of Tucker, Georgia, will pay $4.6 million after allegations of violating the False Claims Act.

U.S. settles with Pacific Pulmonary for $11.4 million over alleged False Claims Act violations

Mark Iandolo May 1, 2017, 3:14pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 24 that Braden Partners L.P., doing business as Pacific Pulmonary Services, will pay $11.4 million to settle allegations that it and its general partner, Teijin Pharma USA LLC, violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims for reimbursement to Medicare.

IU Health, HealthNet pay $18 million to resolve kickback scheme allegations

Mark Iandolo May 1, 2017, 3:13pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 27 that Indiana University Health Inc. (IU Health) and HealthNet Inc. will pay a total of $18 million after allegations of federal and state false claims. The defendant purportedly engaged in an illegal kickback scheme.