Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Dec 16 2015
OLYMPIA — In a unanimous, bipartisan vote, the Joint Legislative Audit Review Committee (JLARC) today approved the final version of an independent audit report encouraging the Legislature to renew the state’s Medicaid Fraud False Claims Act (FCA).
Nov 24 2015
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that Millennium Health laboratories will pay back $256 million to the states and federal government for illegal revenue gained through a kickback scheme designed to increase the number of laboratory tests it got paid to process. For Washington, this agreement will provide the state $426,000 in Medicaid reimbursement, which will be shared with the federal government.
Nov 20 2015
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced Washington has reached an agreement in principle Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation’s kickback scheme to promote its drug, Exjade. The final agreement is pending execution by the company, and would provide Washington with $1.2 million in Medicaid reimbursement, which will be shared with the federal government.
Sep 10 2015
VANCOUVER — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a civil lawsuit against CareOne Dental Corporation, its owner, Dr. Liem Do, and his wife, Dr. Phuong-Oanh Tran, for alleged Medicaid fraud. CareOne is a dental services provider with four offices in Washington, including two located in Vancouver.
Sep 8 2015
OLYMPIA — A new joint legislative audit report encourages the Legislature to renew its Medicaid False Claims Act (FCA), noting its highly effective use by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) in the three years since its original passage. The preliminary report will be the subject of a legislative hearing tomorrow.  
Aug 18 2015
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today joined 47 other state attorneys general and the District of Columbia in a $71 million agreement resolving allegations that Amgen, Inc. unlawfully promoted two medications for uses and doses not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.
Jun 25 2015
OLYMPIA — “The U.S. Supreme Court today gave a common-sense reading to Congress’s intent in passing the Affordable Care Act, ensuring all Americans can obtain health coverage at reasonable rates. 
Jun 11 2015
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against a Snohomish couple who scammed elderly Washington residents applying for Medicaid and veterans benefits.  The Attorney General’s Office alleges that the Cooks’ actions violated the state Consumer Protection Act.
Jun 9 2015
SEATTLE — A former adult family home operator pleaded guilty today to charges he criminally mistreated a man in his care.
Jun 4 2015
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that the King County Superior Court convicted Elene Allonce of forging a nursing license that she used to fraudulently serve as a Medicaid healthcare provider. Allonce is sentenced to six months in jail, the most time allowed for this 16-year-old crime.

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