Former Physician to Pay the United States $475,000 to Settle Cancer Research Grant Fraud Claims

Chicago, Illinois - A former cancer research physician at Northwestern University’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Center for Cancer in Chicago will pay the United States $475,000 to settle claims of federal research grant fraud. Dr. Charles L. Bennett agreed to the settlement in a federal False Claims Act lawsuit that was first made public last year after the government investigated the claims made by a former employee and whistleblower who will receive a portion of the settlement.

Dignity Health Agrees to Pay $37 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

San Francisco, California - Dignity Health has agreed to pay the United States $37 million to settle allegations that 13 of its hospitals in California, Nevada and Arizona knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare and TRICARE by admitting patients who could have been treated on a less costly, outpatient basis, the Justice Department announced today.  Dignity, formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West, is based in San Francisco and is one of the five largest hospital systems in the nation with 39 hospitals in three states.

Doctor indicted for illegally selling more than 200 prescriptions for addictive painkillers

New York, New York - A doctor was arrested Wednesday at his home in Dix Hills, Long Island, and indicted for selling more than 200 prescriptions for oxycodone, a highly addictive pain killer.   The arrest is the result of a two-year investigation by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assigned to the Strike Force.

Vice President Joe Biden on the Passing of Tom Menino

Washington, DC - Vice President Joe Biden: "Jill and I were saddened to hear of the passing of our good friend, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Tommy was our friend for a long, long time, and he was without a doubt one of the finest Mayors this nation has ever seen. His heart was always as big as the city he loved. And he was, to his core, the very definition of Boston Strong. Unyielding. Absolutely committed.