This week, Acting United States Attorney Jack Smith announced that a Nashville, Tennessee based transportation services provider and its principal had agreed to settle false claims act allegations. On Thursday, Employment & Assessment Solutions Inc. and its principal, Chris Manus, agreed to pay $550,000 to settle allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act.

The company was accused of submitting false claims to TennCare, which is the state of Tennessee’s Medicaid program, for transportation services. The company and Chris Manus have agreed to a 9-year exclusion from Medicare, Medicaid and all Federal Health Care programs.

The settlement resolves allegations that Employment & Assessment Solutions and its principal submitted false claims to TennCare for transportation services that were supposedly provided to TennCare beneficiaries. The state claimed that the services were actually never provided. In some cases, the claims involved patients that were incarcerated or hospitalized at the time of the supposed transport. It was accused that the company and its principal were involved in the scheme from January 2, 2010 to April 30, 2014.

Under the settlement, the United States will receive a total of $302,775, while the State of Tennessee will receive $247,225. The company and its principal settled the allegations without admitting or denying guilt.

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