Florida-based Distributor Enters Settlement Agreement with OIG on Kickback Allegations
Zimmer-Deptula, Inc. (ZDI) - a former Florida-based distributor for Zimmer, Inc. - entered into a $123,000 settlement agreement with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, effective August 21, 2014. This settlement resolves allegations that ZDI violated the Civil Monetary Penalties Law by paying kickbacks. Specifically, OIG alleges that two ZDI independent contractors paid third parties to recommend Zimmer, Inc. products to Florida-based physicians. OIG contends that ZDI knowingly and willfully offered and paid the kickbacks to the third parties to induce them to recommend and arrange for the purchase of Zimmer, Inc. products which were paid for by Federal health care programs. Senior Counsel David M. Blank, Robert M. Penezic, and Lauren E. Marziani represented OIG in this case.
- Date:August 21, 2014
- CMP and Affirmative Exclusions