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False Claims Act Qui Tam Lawsuit against Health Care Provider

Outcome: $130,000 and 20% whistleblower reward to the client.

U.S. ex rel. Krysta Mangrum v. Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp), et al., 1:28-cv-3121-SCJ, Northern District of Georgia

The United States Department of Justice announced a False Claims Act settlement with a health care provider in Georgia. Under the terms of the settlement, the health care provider paid $130,000 to the United States and the state of Georgia. As a result of this settlement, an individual physician affiliated with this health care provider will be excluded for ten years from participation in all federal healthcare programs. Tycko & Zavareei LLP in partnership with Finch McCranie, LLP represented the whistleblower, who received $26,000 for reporting the conduct to the government.

Allegations: Defendant North Georgia HealthCare Center Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center and taxpayer-supported health care provider, prescribed addictive opioids to patients who did not need them.

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