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DOJ Files Suit against Spine Device Manufacturer and Executives Alleging Kickbacks to Surgeons through Sham Consulting Payments

The Justice Department announced today that the United States intervened and filed a complaint in two whistleblower cases filed under the False Claims Act against SpineFrontier, Inc. (SpineFrontier) and related entities and executives, alleging that the defendants paid kickbacks to spine surgeons to induce use of SpineFrontier surgical devices, in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). According to the United States' complaint, the defendants paid spine surgeons over $8 million in sham "consulting" payments ostensibly for product evaluations, when in fact the payments were for use of SpineFrontier devices.


Action Details

  • Date:March 5, 2020
  • Agency:Department of Justice
  • Enforcement Types:
    • Criminal and Civil Actions