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21 individuals indicted in massive bribery and kickback scheme

Jaclyn Jaeger | December 2, 2016

A federal grand jury in Texas last month indicted 21 individuals involved in a massive bribery and kickback scheme for referring certain patients to physician-owned Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas.

The indictment, unsealed Dec. 1, describes a four-year conspiracy, resulting in the payment or receipt of $40 million in bribes and kickbacks for referring certain patients to out-of-network hospital Forest Park Medical Center (FPMC). These payments were funneled through various shell companies into the pockets of surgeons and physicians, as well as owners of healthcare clinics, hospital consulting companies, and more.

“[T]he government will not tolerate corrupt practices by medical providers motivated by greed,” Dallas FBI Special-Agent-in-Charge Thomas Class, said in a statement. “The FBI will continue to work with our law...

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