Three clinical labs, owner charged with defrauding Masshealth money laundering and kickbacks over $2 million in false claims to Massachusetts

Three independent clinical laboratories, their owner and two marketing companies, and a Massachusetts doctor have been charged with Medicaid fraud, money laundering, and kickbacks concerning urine drug tests that cost over $ 2million to the state. The central defendant Vipin Adhlakha and three independent labs he has owned, alpha labs, Aria Diagnostics, and Preferred laboratory are all alleged to have submitted claims to MassHealth and MassHealth managed care organizations. The AG’s office alleges that Adhlakhia and the companies engaged in a separate kickback relationship with Lab USA involving the referral of urine samples for testing in exchange for a percentage of the collected insurance reimbursements. Allegations are also made that some of the urine tests were not ordered by doctors. The defendants will be arraigned at a later date in Suffolk Superior Court.

JEFFREY NEWMAN, A FORMER PROSECUTOR IS A WHISTLEBLOWER LAWYER WITH THE FIRM NEWMAN & SHAPIRO IN BOSTON AND MARBLEHEAD. HE CAN BE REACHED AT 617-823-3217 OR JNEWMAN@NEWMANSHAPIRO.COM