NextCare, Arizona-Based Urgent Care Center Company, to Pay $10 Million to Feds for Filing False Claims

NextCare, a nationwide urgent-care-center company based in Phoenix, has agreed to pay the feds $10 million for submitting false claims to Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health-care programs.

We had no idea turning in corrupt corporations could be so lucrative: The informant in this case, former NextCare employee Lorin Cohen, will be paid $1.6 million "for her share of the recovery," according to a U.S. Justice Department news release.

That's even better than a lottery jackpot, because Cohen knows her willingness to step up means the company may put a halt to its taxpayer-fleecing ways.

NextCare routinely billed federal health-care agencies for "unnecessary allergy, H1N1 virus and respiratory panel testing."

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.