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The U.S. government has filed suit seeking $150 million in damages and penalties under the False Claims Act against Universal Imaging, Inc. and its current and former owners, Phillip J. Young and Mark Lauhoff, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced late last week.

The complaint alleges that Universal and the owners, who are not medical professionals, conducted a medical radiology business in violation of numerous Medicare rules relating to adequate supervision of diagnostic tests and generated 90 percent or more of their business by paying kickbacks to physicians.