Whistle Blowers On Trial
Dr. Charles W. Robinson Jr., a courtly 61-year-old pathologist, is an unlikely government informant. But the San Antonio physician is a leading reason the Justice Dept. won a record $325 million fraud settlement against SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories Inc. on Feb. 24. Four years ago, Robinson, medical and records director of a SmithKline lab, uncovered a suspicious bill charging Medicare separately for five tests normally sold together at lower cost. After complaining in vain to his employer about a pattern of billing abuses, he quit, filed a private whistle-blower lawsuit against SmithKline, and worked with federal investigators on the case.
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