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Feds seek $17M to resolve kickbacks at Dallas medical center

August 14, 2019 GMT

DALLAS (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking more than $17 million in restitution from seven doctors and administrators who received kickbacks for steering “lucrative patients” to a Dallas medical center.

Federal officials said in a statement Tuesday that the seven played a role in a $200 million kickback scheme that was designed to encourage doctors to bring patients to Forest Park Medical Center, which has since closed.

The patients were coveted for having private insurance plans that paid generous reimbursements for expensive medical procedures.

In return, the seven were given money disguised as consulting fees or marketing funds that prosecutors say were used for personal luxury items.

The seven were convicted in April of a range of crimes that included paying kickbacks, conspiracy and commercial bribery.