Tampa doctor gets $4M from blowing whistle on Medicare fraud
TAMPA — A Tampa pathologist who blew the whistle on Medicare fraud will get $4 million for his trouble, the U.S. Justice Department said Monday.
Dr. Alan Freedman filed a 2004 lawsuit under the whistle-blower provision of the False Claims Act to call attention to an illegal kickback arrangement between a Venice dermatologist and Tampa Pathology Laboratory, dating back to 1997.
The dermatologist, Dr. Steven J. Wasserman, has now settled with the government. He agreed to pay $26.1 million to resolve the allegations, the Justice Department said.
In describing the kickback scheme, the department said Wasserman had entered into an arrangement with the Tampa lab and owner Dr. Jose SuarezHoyos, to increase the lab's referral business.