United States Settles False Claims Act Lawsuit against Florida Pain Clinic and Its Owner
Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced today that a Florida-based physician, Dr. Steven Chun, has agreed to pay $750,000 to resolve allegations that he and his clinic billed Medicare for physician office visits that he did not perform. The United States alleges that, between 2006 and 2011, Dr. Chun owned and operated a clinic, first in Sarasota and then in Bradenton, called Sarasota Pain Associates. The United States alleges that, beginning in 2006, Dr. Chun billed Medicare for office visits at the highest levels possible, falsely claiming to have conducted comprehensive examinations of patients with complex problems. In fact, those patients visited Sarasota Pain Associates for scheduled procedures for which Dr. Chun was paid. In addition to getting paid for those procedures, Dr. Chun billed and was paid by Medicare for examinations that he did not in fact perform.
- Date:February 25, 2014
- Agency:U.S. Attorney
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