Ex-Chief Saleaumua Rewarded for Whistleblowing

5 years 7 months 2 weeks ago April 21, 2011 Apr 21, 2011 Thursday, April 21 2011 Thursday, April 21, 2011 7:24:19 PM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - One of the nation's largest pharmaceutical distributors will pay the government $8 million to settle kickback allegations that involved a former member of the
Kansas City Chiefs.

Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health Inc. said Thursday it didn't violate any laws but paid the settlement to avoid an expensive and lengthy legal fight. But the Department of Justice says the $440,000 that Cardinal gave to former Chief Dan Saleaumua to switch distributors at his Kansas City pharmacies amounted to a forbidden kickback.

Saleaumua's company, Saleaumua Inc., is former owner of seven Medicine Shoppe pharmacies across the metro area. A lawsuit filed by Saleaumua and consultant Kevin Rinne accused Cardinal Health of providing an illegal kickback. The two men will share $760,000
under whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act.

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