Last week, the United States settled with a Baltimore ophthalmologist for alleged violations of the False Claims Act (“FCA”). Pursuant to the settlement, the ophthalmologist, Dr. John Arthur Kiely, agreed to pay $1.4 million to the government and to be excluded from participation in Medicare and Medicaid for 20 years. Generally, the FCA imposes civil liability, allowing the government to recover up to treble damages, for fraudulent claims made to the government for proceeds from government programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid.

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