Most of the funds the U.S. Postal Service spends in workers’ compensation-related costs each year are legit. However, if medical providers or companies choose to profit illegally, look out. Our office, sometimes in partnership with other law enforcement agencies, will hold them responsible.
Proof positive: the recently announced resolution of a case involving a global consumer goods conglomerate agreeing to pay $1.4 billion to resolve potential criminal and civil liability related to a federal investigation of the marketing of Suboxone, an opioid addiction treatment drug.
The resolution is the largest recovery by the United States in a case concerning an opioid drug. It includes the forfeiture of proceeds totaling $647 million, civil settlements with the federal government and the states totaling $700 million, and an administrative resolution with the Federal Trade Commission for $50 million.
Under the civil settlement, RB Group has agreed to pay $700 million to resolve claims that the marketing of Suboxone caused false claims to be submitted to government health care programs. The majority of the $700 million will go to the federal government and a portion will go to states that opt to participate in the agreement.
USPS OIG special agents and our analytics group were part of a large team on this case. The team included, investigators from the Virginia Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit; FDA - Office of Criminal Investigation; and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. Other departments’ OIGs and general counsel offices, along with U.S. and State’s Attorneys’ Offices, were involved in the resolution and criminal settlement proceedings.
To report fraud or other criminal activity, including crimes like these involving Postal Service employees or contractors, contact our Hotline via the red box at the top of this page.