Worcester’s favorite lab among a group accused of fraud, money laundering and bribes for urine drug tests

A Worcester clinical laboratory is part of a group charged on Tuesday with Medicaid fraud, money laundering and urine drug test bribes totaling more than $2 million in false statements to the ‘State.

Attorney General Maura Healey announced the charges in a press release Tuesday, saying the owner of Worcester’s Preferred Laboratory LLC – Vipin Adhlakha of Westfield, Indiana – had engaged in an illegal kickback scheme with two lab marketing companies to refer to more urine drug testing. its laboratories in exchange for a percentage of insurance reimbursements.

The attorney general’s office said Adhlakha, which also owns Alpha Labs of East Providence, Rhode Island, and Aria Diagnostics LLC, of ​​Indianapolis, Indiana, had kickback relationships with marketing companies OSA Exports and Summit Diagnostics, as well as a separate kickback relationship. with Haverhill’s Lab USA.

Additionally, the companies allegedly submitted claims to MassHealth that were not ordered by physicians or licensed prescribers, had false dates, or were medically unnecessary and for the purposes of quantitative testing or residential monitoring. Those claims totaled more than $2 million, the AG’s office said.

A statewide grand jury indicted Adhlakha, Soros Clinical Solutions, Aria Diagnostics, Preferred Laboratory, Alpha Labs, Lab USA, Summit Diagnostics and several others involved in the program.

Adhlakha is charged with three counts of Medicaid misrepresentation, three counts of theft over $1,200 under false pretences, three counts of bribery, bribery or rebate, four counts of conspiracy and money laundering.

The preferred lab is charged with two counts each of Medicaid misrepresentation, theft over $1,200 by false pretences, bribery, bribery or rebate, and conspiracy.

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