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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Lemtrada False Claims and Kickbacks

Sanofi-Aventis U.S. agreed to pay $11.85 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to Medicare patients prescribed the multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada through a purportedly independent charitable foundation, The Assistance Fund (TAF). Sanofi also entered into a corporate integrity agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. The government alleged that Sanofi made payments to TAF in 2015 and 2016 not with a charitable purpose but rather with the intention of using TAF as a conduit to pay the financial obligations, including Medicare co-pay obligations, of patients taking Lemtrada, and that those payments violated the Anti-Kickback Statute.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
Health and Human Services
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
2/28/2020
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Sanofi-Aventis $11,850,000
Further Information Released
Corporate Integrity Agreement 2/28/2020
DOJ Press Release 2/28/2020
Sanofi Press Release 2/28/2020

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database