The Florida Attorney General’s office has demanded that Broward Health pay more than $5.3 million to settle state Medicaid fraud claims uncovered during a federal whistleblower investigation.
Broward Health paid $69.5 million to settle the federal case last summer. The arrival of Attorney General Pam Bondi’s ominous demand seeking millions more in state damages comes amid snowballing legal troubles at the beleaguered North Broward Hospital District.
The specific settlement demands $5,325,671, an amount that Bondi’s office said is “recoverable under the Florida False Claims Act.”
“If this matter is not resolved through settlement, we may pursue Florida False Claims Act litigation in Leon County Circuit Court, seeking treble damage and civil penalties of not more than $11,000 for each false claim submitted,’’ says a March 10 letter signed by Assistant Attorney General Jill Bennett.[/vc_column_text]