HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — The Office of Pennsylvania
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has announced it has joined with other states and the
federal government in a $306 million civil settlement with Olympus America Inc.
to resolve allegations of illegal kickbacks. Pennsylvania will receive $1.6
million as part of the settlement.
Olympus allegedly used improper financial incentives as
kickbacks to health care providers. According to the allegations, it used these
kickbacks to induce doctors and hospital executives to buy its products that
included endoscopes and other surgical equipment. These alleged actions
unlawfully allowed the company to gain market share and increase sales.
A National Association of Medicaid Fraud Unit Controls team
handled the case. The team included representatives from the offices of attorneys general for California, Delaware, Indiana, New York, Virginia and the
District of Columbia.