June 25, 2004 Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., an international retail merchandising company has agreed to pay over $2.8 Million Dollars to settle a qui tam suit alleging that the company submitted false prescription claims to government health insurance programs. Retail pharmacies operated by Wal-Mart were alleged to have dispensed partial or “short” prescriptions due to insufficient stock, but billed the government health insurance programs (Medicaid, Tricare Management Activity and the Federal Health Benefits Program) for the full quantities prescribed for beneficiaries of the government health insurance programs.
The individual who filed the qui tam action was awarded over $95,000 for having filed the suit.
See U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release 6/25/04