False Claims Act Settlements September 2015, part 2

The Department of Justice announced settlements in the following False Claims Act lawsuits:

Two Individuals Agree to Pay $435,000 to Settle False Claims Act Suit Alleging Evaded Customs Duties

The Department of Justice announced that Robert Wingfield, of Texas, and Bill Ma, of New Jersey, have agreed to pay $385,000 and $50,000, respectively, to resolve a lawsuit brought by the United States under the False Claims Act alleging that they engaged in a scheme to evade customs duties on imports of aluminum extrusions from the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Georgia Hospital System and Physician to Pay More than $25 Million to Settle Alleged False Claims Act and Stark Law Violations

Columbus Regional Healthcare System (Columbus Regional) and Dr. Andrew Pippas have agreed to pay more than $25 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims in violation of the Stark Law. Today’s settlement also resolves allegations that Columbus Regional and Pippas submitted claims for payment to federal health care programs that misrepresented the level of services they provided. Under the settlement agreement, Columbus Regional has agreed to pay $25 million, plus additional contingent payments not to exceed $10 million, for a maximum settlement amount of $35 million, and Pippas has agreed to pay $425,000.

PAE Government Services and RM Asia (HK) Limited to Pay $1.45 Million to Settle Claims in Alleged Bid-Rigging Scheme

PAE Government Services Inc. (PAE) and RM Asia (HK) Limited (RM Asia) have agreed to pay the United States $1.45 million to resolve allegations that they engaged in a bid-rigging scheme that resulted in false claims for payment under a U.S. Army contract for services in Afghanistan, the Justice Department. PAE, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, provides integrated global mission services. RM Asia, located in Hong Kong, provides motor vehicle parts and supplies

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