Three former managers at AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Inc. (AHF) have come forward alleging the organization has been defrauding federal healthcare programs for the past five years, raking in as much as $100 million in the process.
AHS is a global nonprofit based in Los Angeles and the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the U.S., with over 350,000 patients. At least, according to its website. That number, it has now been alleged, may be greatly inflated.
In a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on April 3, whistleblowers Jack Carrel, Mauricio Ferrer, and Shawn Loftis, all of whom held management positions with AHF before being fired from their jobs after questioning the organization’s referral practices, claim AHF boosted funding from federal healthcare programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and Health and Human Services HIV/AIDS grant programs, by offering illegal kickbacks of $100 to employees who created false HIV/AIDS referrals, and $50 to patients who patronized its clinics and pharmacies.