A Mea Culpa And A Comeback?

As a star linebacker for Boston University and later as a U.S. Marine Corps captain, C.A. "Lance" Piccolo was known for relishing a good fight, backing it up with his 225-pound Mack-truck frame. But for the past four years, the chairman and CEO of Caremark International Inc. has been on the losing side of a battle with federal investigators probing charges that the Northbrook (Ill.) home-health-care company paid kickbacks to physicians in return for referrals within its home-infusion, oncology, hemophilia, and human-growth-hormone businesses.

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