Dec 13 2018
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a judgment of more than $2.79 million in his lawsuit against a Marysville company that defrauded taxpayers nearly $1 million over a period of years. This is the first trial in a Medicaid False Claims Act case in Washington state history. Ferguson’s agency-request legislation renewed the act in 2016.
Jul 26 2017
Attorney General Bob Ferguson recovered nearly $750,000 in Medicaid reimbursement this week from pharmaceutical company Celgene Corporation for promoting medications to treat conditions they were not approved for, including certain types of cancer. The company is also accused of paying kickbacks to doctors for prescribing the medications and helping them change billing codes to ensure Medicaid would pay for their use.
Apr 28 2016
AG recovers record $46.7 million for the state Medicaid program from pharma co. Wyeth’s underpayments
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the recovery of millions in overcharges to Washington by Wyeth, a pharmaceutical company owned by Pfizer, Inc. The agreement in principle resolves allegations the company knowingly underpaid rebates owed to Medicaid. After accounting for the federal government’s Medicaid program share, Washington will receive $22.9 million.
Mar 1 2016
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the owner of a wheelchair company has been ordered to pay $2.7 million dollars for fraudulently billing the Medicaid program for 119 new wheelchairs, but instead delivering used wheelchairs to the poor and disabled across the state.
Feb 12 2016
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s agency-request bills to combat Medicaid provider fraud by reauthorizing the state’s highly effective Medicaid Fraud False Claims Act (FCA) today unanimously passed the Senate, and passed the House 88 to 8.
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.