HAMMOND, Ind. (Legal Newsline) – An Indiana medical office is alleged to have submitted thousands of false claims to Indiana Medicaid.

United States of America and the state of Indiana filed a complaint on Dec. 29, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division against Don J. Wagoner, Marilyn L. Wagoner, Wagoner Medical Center LLC, Wagoner Medical Center PC, and Don J. Wagoner MD and Marilyn L. Wagoner MD PC citing the False Claims Act, the Indiana Medicaid False Claims and Whistleblower Protection Act.

According to the complaint, "defendants’ false and fraudulent claims to Indiana Medicaid for urine drug screen tests using multiplexed screening kits were for services rendered between Jan. 1, 2011, and Jan. 13, 2013, and resulted in approximately 6,433 claims that falsely and fraudulently induced Indiana Medicaid to overpay defendants approximately $1,121,277.76.  Defendants have not refunded any of that amount to plaintiffs," the suit states.

The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible because the defendants knowingly presented more than 6,000 false claims to Indiana Medicaid.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendants for damages, trebled damages, civil penalties, interest, fees, costs and expenses, costs of action, attorneys’ fees, and other relief that is just and proper. 

They are represented by Wayne T. Ault, assistant United States attorney in Hammond, Indiana and Steven A. Hunt, supervising deputy attorney general in Indianapolis.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana case number 2:17-cv-00478

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