December 17, 2020

“Joint Active Systems and New England Orthotics & Prosthetics engaged in multiple calculated schemes to enrich themselves by submitting false claims to government healthcare programs and overcharging the government for their devices,” said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “Today’s result is another example of this office’s commitment to take action against health care providers that defraud the government and American taxpayers.”

“Submitting claims to government health insurance programs for unnecessary devices drains resources from legitimate patient care,” said Phillip Coyne, Special Agent in Charge, Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “We will continue to hold those accountable that seek to enrich themselves at the expense of these taxpayer-funded programs.”

“It is vitally important that we protect our government funded health care programs against fraud of any kind. Today’s settlement is the result of years of hard work by the FBI and our partners to make sure these companies are held accountable for trying to bilk taxpayers for custom fabricated orthotics that were not medically necessary, and not custom made,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “The FBI will continue to aggressively pursue these cases to protect these important programs for those who really need them.”

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Source: Department of Justice

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