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Meythaler Complaint

Meythaler Complaint

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Published by Roger Shuler
Complaint in federal whistleblower case alleging Medicare fraud at University of Alabama at Birmingham
Complaint in federal whistleblower case alleging Medicare fraud at University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Published by: Roger Shuler on Jun 15, 2011
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UNITEDSTATESOFAMERICAex
ref.
DR.JAYMEYTHALER*
INTHEUNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTFOR
I
THENORTHERNDISTRICTOFALABAMA
04JUN
I
SouthernDivision
*
*
*CivilActionNo.CV-04-B-0112-SPlaintiffs,*
*
BRINGINGTHISACTIONONBEHALFOFTHEUNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA****C/OAliceMartinUnitedStatesAttorney18014thAvenueNorthBirmingham,Alabama35203
*
**
FILEDUNDERSEALPURSUANTTO31U.S.C.
§
3730(b)(2)
**And**C/OJohnAshcroftAttorneyGeneraloftheUnitedStatesDepartmentofJustice10th&ConstitutionAvenues,N.W.Washington,D.C.20530.*
DONOTPLACEINPRESSBOX
***
DONOTENTERONPACER
*
*
*
*v.***UNIVERSITYOFALABAMAHEALTH*SERVICESFOUNDATION,P.C.AND*THEUNIVERSITYOFALABAMA
*
BIRMINGHAM,*
*
Defendants.
*
*
FIRSTAMENDEDFALSECLAIMSACTCOMPLAINT
 
Plaintiff-Relator,Dr.JayMeythaler,onbehalfofhimselfandtheUnitedStatesofAmerica,allegesasfollows:
I.NATUREOFACTION
1.Dr.JayMeythaler,PlaintiffandRelator,bringsthisactionpursuanttothe
quitam
provisionsoftheFalseClaimsAct,31U.S.C.
§§
3729,
etseq.,
torecovertrebledamages,civilpenaltiesandallotherreliefavailableundertheAct.2.Thiscaseinvolvesfalseclaimsforpayment,andfalsedocumentssubmittedinordertogetaclaimspaid,submittedtotheUnitedStatesbytheDefendantsrelatedto:1)inappropriatelydrawingdowngrantsbypersonnelnotworkingonthegrant;2)rapidlydrawingdowngrants;3)falseEffortReporting;4)doublebillingforseeingMedicareandMedicaidpatientswhenthephysicianwasalreadyfullyfundedbytheFederalGovernment;and5)falseclaimsrelatedtoindirectcostfundingprovidedbytheGovernment.3.AsaresultofDefendants'falsestatements,falseorfraudulentclaims,andfalsesubmissions,Defendants'wrongfullyobtainedmillionsofdollarsfromtheUnitedStatesthattheywerenotentitledtoreceive.
II.JURISDICTION
4.ThisactionarisesundertheFalseClaimsAct,31U.S.C.
§§
3729etseq.ThisCourthassubjectmatterjurisdictionoverthisactionpursuantto31U.S.C.
§
3732(a).Thiscourtalsohasjurisdictionpursuantto28U.S.C.
§
1345and28U.S.C.
§
1331.5.ThisCourtmayexercisepersonaljurisdictionoverDefendantspursuantto31U.S.C.
§
3732(a)becauseDefendantsresideandtransact
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I,~------------------------------------------------------------~-
 
businessintheNorthernDistrictofAlabama.Additionally,theDefendantscommittedactsinviolationof31U.S.C.
§
3729withinthejudicialdistrictwhichistheNorthernDistrictofAlabama.
III.VENUE
6.VenueisproperinthisDistrictpursuantto31U.S.C.
§
3732(a),becausetheactsproscribedby31U.S.C.
§§
3729etseq.andcomplainedofhereintookplacewithinthisDistrict.Additionally,venueisproperinthisDistrictpursuantto28U.S.C.
§
1391(b)and(c),becauseatalltimesmaterialandrelevant,DefendantstransactedbusinessinthisDistrict.
IV.PARTIES
7.
RelatorDr.JayMeythaler
isacitizenoftheUnitedStatesandaresidentoftheStateofAlabama.RelatorisanemployeeofboththeUniversityofAlabamaBirminghamandUniversityofAlabamaHealthServicesFoundation,P.C.Relatorbringsthisactionbasedonhisdirect,independent,andpersonalknowledgeandalsouponinformationandbeliefbasedonfactsknowntohim.8.Relatorisan"originalsource"oftheinformationallegedhereinasthattermisusedintheFalseClaimsActcontext.HehasdirectandindependentknowledgeoftheinformationonwhichtheallegationsarebasedandhasvoluntarilyprovidedtheinformationtotheGovernmentbeforefilinganactionundertheFalseClaimsAct.9.Dr.Meythalerisa49year-oldphysicalmedicineandrehabilitationphysicianandafulltenuredprofessorintheUABDepartmentofPhysicalMedicineandRehabilitation.In1992,Dr.MeythalercametotheUniversityof
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