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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Stuart F. Delery
The Justice Department said Wednesday it was joining a lawsuit against the firm that conducted the security background checks for Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis and former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the man who leaked the data at the heart of the NSA snooping scandal.
Fifty-five hospitals in 21 states agreed on Tuesday to pay the U.S. government more than $34 million to settle allegations that the health care facilities submitted false claims to Medicare for kyphoplasty procedures, the Justice Department said.
A federal grand jury has indicted four former employees of a peanut company linked to a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, leading to one of the largest recalls in history.
A peanut butter plant shuttered by a widespread salmonella outbreak has been given the go ahead to start harvesting a bumper crop of prized eastern New Mexico Valencia peanuts next week under an agreement that ends a tense, monthslong standoff with federal regulators.
A troubled New Mexico peanut butter plant that had its licensed yanked after being linked to a widespread salmonella outbreak reached a deal Friday to resume some operations the day after Christmas under the watchful eye of federal regulators.
One of the world's largest defense contractors, Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp., agreed Friday to pay $15.8 million to the U.S. government to settle allegations that it mischarged perishable tools used on numerous contracts, the Justice Department said.
"The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that health care providers who pay kickbacks in return for patient referrals are held accountable," Stuart F. Delery, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Division, said in a statement. "Schemes such as this one corrupt the health care system and take advantage of vulnerable patients."
"We will not tolerate shortcuts taken by companies that we have entrusted with vetting individuals to be given access to our country's sensitive and secret information," said Stuart F. Delery, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Division.