A federal jury in New York has found Cornell University’s Weill Medical Center and former faculty member Wilfred van Gorp guilty of violating the False Claims Act (FCA) by defrauding the National Institute of Health (NIH) in a research grant application. Weill Medical Center and Dr. van Gorp applied to NIH for a research grant to train fellows in neuropsychology for a career in HIV/AIDS research. The jury found the defendants guilty of violating the False Claims Act by misrepresenting material information in progress reports which were falsified in order to convince NIH to continue the funding.
Although the research grant was supposed to train fellows for a career in HIV/AIDS research, the defendants apparently required the fellows to treat many private pay-for-service patients with other medical issues. Continue reading ›