- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Federal prosecutors say an Oklahoma City-based hospice has agreed to pay $4 million to resolve allegations of false billing claims.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Joyce Branda announced the settlement agreement Friday in a news release.

She says the company, Good Shepherd, was accused of submitting false claims for hospice care for patients who weren’t terminally ill. The for-profit company provided hospice services through separate businesses that operated in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

Two former employees of Good Shepherd will split about $680,000 for reporting the alleged fraud under federal whistleblower laws.

Federal court records didn’t list the name of Good Shepherd’s attorney, and a telephone message left at the company’s headquarters after hours on Friday wasn’t immediately returned.

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