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Calif. medical group pays $5M to settle Medicare fraud suit

Beaver Medical Group in Redlands, CA, and one of its physicians, Dr. Sherif Khalil, have agreed to pay about $5 million to resolve allegations that they reported invalid patient diagnoses to jack up Medicare payments, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Federal officials said the settlement resolves allegations brought forth in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Dr. David Nutter, a former Beaver employee. Nutter filed the lawsuit under the False Claims Act, which allows private parties to sue on behalf of the government for false claims for government funds and to receive a share of any recovery that is made. Nutter will receive about $850,000 from the settlement.

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