Mescalero Apache Man Sentenced for Assaulting a Federal Officer

Las Cruces, New Mexico - Gerald Castillo, Jr., 30, an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Nation who resides in Ruidoso, New Mexico, was sentenced Monday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces, to three years probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for assaulting a federal officer.

Pharmacy Owner Sentenced to Almost Four Years in Prison for Role in $2.5 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Miami, Florida - An owner of a now-defunct Miami pharmacy was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for his participation in a scheme that caused Medicare to pay $2.5 million in false and fraudulent claims for prescription drugs that were never purchased.

Endorsement enforcement: Deceptive diabetes claims challenged

Washington, DC - Archeologists report that the first mention of diabetes was in a papyrus excavated from an Egyptian tomb. Roll the scroll out a bit and it wouldn’t surprise us to find an ad (in hieroglyphics, of course) for a pill or potion promising a miracle treatment.

Drug Maker Actelion Agrees to Pay $360 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Liability

San Francisco, California - Pharmaceutical company Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc. (Actelion), based in South San Francisco, has agreed to pay $360 million to resolve claims that it illegally used a foundation as a conduit to pay the copays of thousands of Medicare patients taking Actelion’s pulmonary arterial hypertension drugs, in violation of the False Claims Act, the Justice Department announced today.

Young, hip farmers: Coming to a city near you

West Lafayette, Indiana - If you’ve been to your neighborhood farmers market or seen a small “local” section pop up in your grocery store, you may have noticed a trend: People want to know where their food is coming from, and the agricultural industry is responding. The number of farmers markets in the U.S. has skyrocketed in recent years, but with an aging population of farmers, who’s supporting this growth?