NYC hospital settles Medicaid fraud case

NEW YORK (AP) -- Staten Island University Hospital has agreed to return $24.8 million to Medicaid to resolve allegations that it defrauded the state and federal governments.

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the settlement resolves a "whistleblower" complaint alleging the hospital knowingly sent false claims to Medicaid for reimbursement.

Under terms of the agreement, New York state Medicaid will receive $14.8 million.

Cuomo says the allegations were brought by a doctor using New York's recently enacted False Claims Act. The doctor no longer works at the hospital.

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