DOJ seeking Rennova Health return pandemic relief funds

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) requested Rennova Health repay Covid-19 relief funds it received in 2020 as part of a whistleblower lawsuit against the healthcare services provider.

Rennova, based in Tennessee, has been under investigation following a qui tam whistleblower lawsuit filed in July 2021 claiming the company received more than $12.2 million in Covid-19 relief funds and used the money to pay “ineligible expenses and transfer funds to ineligible recipients.” The complaint cited violations of the False Claims Act and was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

The complaint alleged between April 2020 and July 2020, $9.5 million of the federal government loans received by Rennova was used to pay Chief Executive Seamus Lagan’s compensation and for other nonrelief purposes. The suit seeks treble damages plus other fees.

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