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DOJ Charges Florida Lab Owner in $53M Genetic Testing Fraud Scheme

NEW YORK — The US Department of Justice has charged a Florida lab owner with running a fraudulent $53 million genetic testing and kickback scheme.

According to the US Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey, Daniel Hurt of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, paid kickbacks and bribes to various entities who supplied referrals for genetic cancer screening tests, which he then performed through several clinical laboratories he owned and submitted claims for payment to Medicare.

Hurt and his suppliers entered into sham contracts to make it appear that the suppliers were performing legitimate marketing and referral services.

DOJ alleges that between January 2019 and October 2021, Hurt's laboratories submitted roughly 350,000 claims to Medicare. His labs received at least $53.3 million in payments from CMS for these claims, with Hurt himself receiving at least $26.9 million.

Hurt has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, which carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

He has also been charged in the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Southern District of Florida in relation to other health care offenses. Those charges are also pending.