Dr. Gabriel DeCandido, a Largo, Florida physician who practices internal medicine, has reached a hefty financial settlement with the U.S. Government in a lawsuit charging the doctor with Medicare fraud. The government alleged that Dr. DeCandido billed Medicare for higher levels of medical care than he had actually provided to patients and that he submitted claims for payment to Medicare for services not provided. Both fraudulent practices constitute violations of the federal False Claims Act. The government also alleged that DeCandido attempted to avoid paying any legal judgment by hiding his assets and transferring a great deal of cash to his wife. The government learned of DeCandido’s fraudulent conduct after a whistleblower suit was filed under the False Claims Act. The Qui Tam provisions of that statute allow the whistleblower to recover a portion of the government’s settlement proceeds.
For the full story, go to the Department of Justice’s Press Release.