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June 25, 2020

Pennsylvania Medical Laboratory Owner Pleads Guilty in $1.6M Fraud Scheme

William J. Hughes of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Hughes owned and operated Universal Oral Fluid Labs (UOFL), a clinical drug testing laboratory. From October 2011 to August 2013, Hughes agreed to illegally pay the co-defendant to refer patients, including patients who were covered under the Medicare and Kentucky Medicaid Programs, to UOFL for drug testing services in exchange for cash payments. Between September 2012 and August 2013, UOFL obtained $1,672,422.84 from the Kentucky Medicaid Program based on these referrals.