February 14, 2005
Fresno County will pay the federal government an additional $376,000 to settle a case involving false Medicare claims made in the 1990s. This brings the total to $652,937.
Fresno County and the Fresno County Human Services System were accused of defrauding the Medicare program by submitting false claims for services. Two psychiatrists who had been employed by the county brought a False Claims Act suit under the qui tam provisions of the Act, which allows whistleblowers to sue on behalf of the government.
The Associated Press reported on the settlement on February 9, 2005.