Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler settles with Mariner Health Care, Inc. and Sava Senior Care Administrative Services, LLC, two nursing home chains operating out of Atlanta, Georgia. They are owned and operated by Murray Forman and Leonard Grunstein who are presently in litigation with partners and investors in New York. The settlement will return only $137,735.51 to the Maryland Medicaid program. The amount of the kickbacks are unknown but some estimate them to be over $50 million dollars of tax payer funds. See article at CityBizList.
"The states and federal government have received a total of $14 million in civil damages from Mariner and Sava to compensate Medicaid and Medicare programs for harm suffered as a result of this conduct. The settlement resolves allegations that the defendants solicited and received kickback payments from Omnicare, Inc. ("Omnicare"), the nation’s largest pharmacy that specializes in dispensing drugs to long term care facilities."