Mark Iandolo May 9, 2016, 12:37pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has announced Florida will participate in a multistate and federal settlement with Olympus America Inc. that resolves allegations the company committed anti-kickback violations.

Olympus has agreed to pay a total of $306 million, plus interest, in civil damages to the states and federal government to compensate Medicaid, Medicare and other programs that suffered through its alleged violations.

The settlement comes after a whistleblower lawsuit. Olympus purportedly paid illegal kickbacks to health care providers, inducing doctors and hospital executives, to purchase its endoscopes and other surgical equipment.

Florida will receive a net share of more than $1.6 million as part of the agreement.

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