Marketer agrees to pay nearly $340,000 for allegedly engaging in illegal kickback scheme
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
The U.S. Attorney's Office says a marketer has agreed to pay nearly $340,000 for allegedly accepting illegal kickback payments from OK Compounding.
James Paul Adams, 35, of Cypress, Texas, also known as Beau Adams, owner of the Texas marketing company One Source Healthcare Organization, LLC, agreed to pay the government $339,412.50 for allegedly accepting illegal kickback payments from OK Compounding, LLC, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.
This civil settlement resulted from an investigation into OK Compounding, a pharmacy previously located in Skiatook.
The government alleged OK Compounding paid substantial kickbacks to various third-party “marketers” in exchange for those marketers referring prescriptions for compounded drugs to OK Compounding. The kickbacks consisted of a share of the revenue generated by the marketers’ referrals.
“The federal health care system was intended to benefit and help ailing Americans. It was not designed to promote a system of corruption and kickbacks so that Mr. Adams could live a lavish lifestyle,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “The Affirmative Civil Enforcement prosecutors in our Civil Division are at the tip of the spear when holding individuals like Mr. Adams accountable for their unscrupulous behavior. Whether due to personal greed or some other corrupt intent, the United States Attorney’s Office will use all tools available - be they criminal or civil - to stop health care fraud.”
Through these schemes, Adams knowingly caused false or fraudulent claims to be presented to the Tricare and Medicare programs for the purpose of defrauding the federal program.
Laws against kickbacks are crucial to insure that financial motives do not undermine the medical judgment of physicians and other health care providers, says the U.S. Attorney's Office.
To report fraud and abuse against the Federal government in the Northern District of Oklahoma, please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 918-382-2700 and speak to a member of the Affirmative Civil Enforcement unit.
Information regarding health care fraud to Medicare can also be reported to the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General here.
Information for fraud against Tricare can be reported here.