IOL distributor Precision Lens is vowing to fight a Justice Department lawsuit alleging the firm knowingly provided illegal incentives to eye surgeons like expensive hunting trips and vacations in order to increase sales, according to a report in the Minnesota Star Tribune.
The U.S. attorney’s office for Minnesota announced two pieces of news about the case on Thursday.
First, the office has filed a lawsuit against Precision Lens and majority owner Paul Ehlen seeking to recover triple damages on potentially millions of dollars of illegally induced sales of lenses and supplies for Medicare surgeries.
The lawsuit is based on allegations from a company whistleblower who filed a broader lawsuit in 2013.
Also Thursday, the U.S. attorney announced that North Carolina ophthalmologist Dr. Jitendra Swarup has agreed to pay $2.9 million to settle allegations about participation in a related payment scheme.