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Imperial Valley hospital pays $2.2 million to settle Medicare fraud allegation
Los Angeles Times

The El Centro Regional Medical Center in Imperial County has paid $2.2 million to settle a civil action alleging that it defrauded the Medicare program, officials at the hospital and the Department of Justice said Monday.

The allegation was levied by a former employee of the hospital. Under the federal “whistleblower” provision, the former employee, Pietro Ingrande, will receive $375,000 from the settlement amount.