June 19, 2018
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Brunswick optometry practice settles federal fraud case

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

Under terms of a settlement, a Brunswick optometry practice will repay more than $16,000 to the state and federal government to settle charges that it submitted false claims over two years to Medicare, TRICARE and MaineCare.

Between May 2014 and April 2016, Brunswick Eye Care Associates submitted the claims and used part of the reimbursement to pay the salary and benefits of an employee who was excluded from participation in the Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health care programs, acting U.S. Attorney Richard W. Murphy said in a release Monday.

The employee was excluded from participation due to a previous conviction for stealing drugs while working as a pharmacy technician.

When the Brunswick Eye Care Associates was notified in 2016 that the employee was excluded, they terminated the employee.

Prosecutors alleged “reckless disregard of the falsity of the claims it submitted” to state and federal health care programs during that time.

The practice will pay $16,343 to settle the case, according to the release.

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