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.

Comments (2)

  • anon

    I cannot wrap my mind around how someone can stay employed with the Federal Government once they somehow managed to convince their doctors that they require opioids? I live with a 9 out of 10 level of pain most days with my legs either attempting to turn into the Incredible Hulks legs with nerve damage both day and night or giving out alltogether, and I still would never go near that stuff. There are plenty of safe non-opioid alternatives these days and these doctors know it. Having the DOL pay for it is mindblowing and I dont see how this can be explained. Are Claims Examiners pushing the injured into these prescriptions just so that their claims can be taken seriously? The failure would start with them and their oversight and approval of these drugs without an investigation. If there was ever a need for a fact check on an OWCP claim, it would be these opioid related claims. When did the DOL become a drug dealer?

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    Thanks for providing me all the details.

    Jul 29, 2019

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