LEXINGTON, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – A Lexington, Kentucky podiatry practice is alleged to have submitted fraudulent claims for payments.
The United States of America filed a complaint on Nov. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky Central Division at Lexington against Lexington Foot and Ankle Center, PSC and Michael C. Allen, DPM alleging false claims and other counts.
According to the complaint, beginning on Jan. 1, 2012, through the present, the defendants submitted false claims for non-reimbursable routine foot care procedures and evaluation and management services to Medicare and the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program. The plaintiff alleges this has resulted in a loss of more than $1 million.
The plaintiff holds Lexington Foot and Ankle Center, PSC and Allen responsible because the defendants allegedly knowingly presented false or fraudulent claims for payment to the plaintiff.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks under the False Claims Act for the amount of the damages trebled as required by law, and such civil penalties as are required by law; for the amounts mistakenly paid to defendants or by which the defendants were unjustly enriched; interest, attorney’s fees, and costs. It is represented by Robert M. Duncan Jr., Carrie B. Pond and Paul C. McCaffrey of U.S. Attorneys Office in Lexington, Kentucky.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky Central Division at Lexington case number 5:18-cv-00628-REW