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Alabama joins multi-state investigation into Volkswagen emissions fraud

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Alabama has announced it is joining at least 27 states in an investigation of potential vehicle emissions fraud committed by Volkswagen. The multi-state probe plans to subpoena Volkswagen to learn more about the company’s diesel vehicle emissions. “We take any allegations of consumer fraud very seriously and will review the representations made by Volkswagen to its diesel customers in Alabama,” said Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. The following states, including Alabama, have announced participation in the Volkswagen fraud probe:  Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps Recover $1.5 million From Hospice Chain


A Nashville, Tenn.-based hospice chain has agreed to reimburse the U.S. and its home state more than $1.5 million for overbilling Medicare and the TennCare Medicaid program for hospice services it provided from June 2010 to January 2013. The resolution stems from a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by whistleblower Linda Anderson, a triage nurse who used to work for Alive Hospice Inc. Ms. Anderson filed a federal lawsuit against her former employer, alleging the hospital chain routinely overbilled Medicare and TennCare by providing costly inpatient general care to patients who did not need it. Medicare and TennCare reimburse hospice ... Read More

FDA announces frozen corn recall after it tests positive for Listeria monocytogenes

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According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recent press release, Bonduelle USA Inc. has announced a frozen corn recall, which affects more than 9,300 cases of the frozen corn due to the possibility of Listeria monocytogenes. If Listeria is present in the frozen corn, serious infections may occur in those with weakened immune systems, such as children or elderly people. If a healthy person ingests Listeria, the individual may experience short-term symptoms including high fever, headache, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and stiffness. Pregnant women with a Listeria infection could have a miscarriage or stillbirth as a result of the ... Read More

Blue Bell ice cream is back on the market in select stores

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After nearly five months since the initial Blue Bell recall production stop, Blue Bell Creameries has now reopened distribution of its ice cream to select stores in Alabama and Texas. According to the USA Today, there will be five phases to reenter the market in 15 different states considering the only Blue Bell ice cream being produced is in Sylacauga, Ala. The first phase include distributing Blue Bell ice cream to stores in Montgomery and Birmingham, Ala., as well as well stores in Houston, Austin and Breham, Texas. The Blue Bell recall began in April when at least 10 people ... Read More

The Fraud List: Community Health Systems typifies fraud targeting government health care programs

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Community Health Systems Inc. is the largest for-profit operator of general acute-care hospitals in the United States, with more than 200 hospitals in a network that spans 29 states. On its website, the Franklin, Ten.-based corporation says its hospitals “are dedicated to providing quality healthcare for local residents and contribute to the economic development of their communities.” But as The Fraud List demonstrates, some of the nation’s biggest corporations can also be some of its biggest fraudsters. Earlier this year, Community Health Systems Services and three New Mexico hospitals in its network agreed to pay the U.S. government $75 million ... Read More

Kroger recalls seasonings for possible salmonella contamination

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Popular supermarket chain Kroger has announced a sizable recall of four Kroger-brand seasonings sold in its stores. The Kroger recall was sparked by the FDA’s discovery of Salmonella in a sample of the Kroger-brand Garlic Powder sold by a South Carolina store. According to the supermarket’s press release, the following Kroger-brand seasonings were produced in the same facility with the same equipment as the Salmonella-tainted Garlic Powder and are now under recall: Kroger Bac’n Buds: 12 oz containers (Sell by: May 20 18PS4) Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper: 17.1 oz containers (Sell by: May 18 18PS4, Sell by: May 19 ... Read More

Truck driver faces criminal charges for deadly Oklahoma bus crash

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The truck driver whose tractor trailer crashed into a bus and killed four members of the North Central Texas College softball team in Oklahoma last year has been charged with four counts of first-degree manslaughter. Authorities in Murray County, Okla., charged Russell Wayne Staley, 53, of Saginaw, Texas, Thursday in Murray County District Court for the deaths of the players in the Oklahoma bus crash. The players were returning to Gainesville, Texas, Sept. 26, 2014 after a scrimmage in Oklahoma. Mr. Staley was driving northbound on Interstate 35 when for unknown reasons his truck veered into the median and drove ... Read More

Fiery plane crash into home kills Tennessee doctor and family in Massachusetts

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A Knoxville, Tenn., physician, his wife, and their teenage daughter were killed Sunday evening when their private airplane crashed into the back of a Plainville, Mass., home Sunday evening. Investigators believe Dr.  Richard Kalister, the directing emergency room physician at Starr Regional Medical Center in Athens, Tenn., was piloting the Beechcraft BE36 airplane that he reportedly co-owned with another doctor. Dr. Kalister was flying to Norwood, Mass., in the Boston area from Lancaster, Penn., with his wife Betty and their daughter Nicole, who was starting her freshman year of college at Northeastern University. According to police and witnesses, the Kalister’s ... Read More

Red light camera fraud scheme implicates dozens of municipalities, officials


An alleged red light camera enforcement bribery scheme exposed by a whistleblower last year that encompassed several municipalities in more than a dozen states keeps growing larger. Aaron Rosenberg, once the top national salesman for Chicago-based Redflex Traffic Systems, alleged in his federal lawsuit that the company doled out hefty bribes and showered government officials with gifts in “dozens of municipalities” in exchange for lucrative contracts. Mr. Rosenberg says he was fired in 2013 in retaliation for providing information about the alleged scandals to federal and local officials investigating Reflex for alleged misconduct. The whistleblower then filed a civil defamation ... Read More

Wright Medical to pay $4.5 million for artificial hip manufacturing defect

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A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury slapped Wright Medical Technology Inc. with a $4.5 million judgment in a lawsuit that alleged defective manufacturing of the company’s Profemur R artificial hip implant caused injuries. Wright Medical faces more than 1,000 lawsuits over faulty hip implants. The Profemur R case was different from others because it involved a particular component. In that case, plaintiff Alan Warner claims he received the Profemur R implant in 2007 as a replacement to a previous artificial hip. Three years later, he was experiencing severe pain. Doctors discovered that the laser etching in the manufacturing of the ... Read More