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07/12/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/12/2018 16:28

Weis Markets, Inc. Settles False Claims Act Allegations

PITTSBURGH - Weis Markets, Inc. a food retailer based in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, agreed to pay the United States $77,320 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by inappropriately using gift cards to induce Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to transfer or fill their prescriptions at its affiliated pharmacies, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The settlement resolves allegations that between January 1, 2009, and May 31, 2016, Weis Markets offered and/or provided improper inducements to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in order to influence their decision to transfer or fill their prescriptions at Weis-affiliated pharmacies.

This matter was investigated by the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. Assistant United States Attorney Rachael L. Mamula handled this matter on behalf of the United States.

The claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.