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Feds say $2.3M in bribes paid to CIO, database chief

Patrick Thibodeau | July 30, 2013
Vendors charged rates as high as $115 per hour for services and then shared the money with IT management

MultiPlan said that is it "pleased that these individuals are being brought to justice."

MultiPlan said the scheme had no impact on business operations. "Over the course of the entire investigation, our business has been operating normally, no client data was at risk at any time, and the integrity of our systems was always intact. We continue to work with our employees as well as external consultants to ensure that we maintain the high standards of ethics and integrity for which MultiPlan is known," the company said.

It's unclear from the charging documents to what extent services were actually delivered, if at all, and if H-1B or other visa holding workers were used at all.

The amount of billable hours appears substantial; an invoice for one month totaled $76,824. One vendor, not identified, received $6.6 million from 2010 to 2012, according to court papers. Another firm was paid about $11.5 million.

Charged with paying the bribes and kickbacks are Sarvesh Dharayan, 42, of Edison, N.J.; Sanjay Gupta, 38, of East Windsor, N.J.; Venkata Atluri, 41, of Monmouth Junction, N.J.; Rangarajan Kumar, 47, of Monroe, N.J.; Vadan Kumar Kopalle, 43, of Edison, N.J.; and Darren Siriani, of 45, of Matawan, N.J.

"This scheme was motivated by greed and it deprived its victim, a company in the health care field, of the honest labor of its employees," Thomas O'Donnell, a special agent in charge at the Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General -- one of the agencies involved in the investigation -- said in a statement. "We will continue to aggressively investigate those who pay kickbacks and bribes to gain an advantage in the public and private health care sectors," he said.

 

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