"Senior U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber based the penalties on a finding of 18,130 false claims and assessed a penalty of $10,500 on each false claim, totaling $190,365 million.
“This Court is convinced that Defendants’ [Amerigroup] conduct was egregious and calculated,” Judge Leinenweber wrote in today’s order.
“This award sends a strong message that health care fraud is taken seriously by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the state Attorney General’s Office, and the judicial system.
"Our office will not hesitate to investigate and prosecute health care fraud, whether by insurance companies, hospitals, or physicians,” Mr. Fitzgerald said.
As for being bought off before a vote, all one needs to do is go to Virginia Pubic Access Project (VPAP) and see he has raised more than $165,880 and then look at the names of the donors. Who do you think will have the most access to McWaters if he's elected? Joe Blow or the big buck contributors?
I don't know Ms. Wilson, but VPAP shows she has only raised $30,590. And her individual contributor list is weak.
I am at a loss to understand the endorsement of the Virginia Beach Taxpayer Alliance for McWaters considering his public fraud record while heading up Amerigroup. Somebody must know something I don't know.
There's probably not a hoot of difference between them, but one does have a public corruption track record and supports more access by endorsing Obamacare's socialized medical plan.
Your readers and the voters better wake up before choosing sides in this race. And VNS and the other media should be invesigating Mr. McWaters.
Fred Nichols - Virginia Beach
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