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Rite Aid Settles Whistleblower Case for Nearly $3M

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LOS ANGELES (AP)- Federal authorities say the Rite Aid pharmacy chain has paid nearly $3 million to settle allegations that it improperly used gift cards to lure new business.

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that Rite Aid settled a whistleblower lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles - but didn't acknowledge any wrongdoing.

The government alleged that from 2008 to 2010, Rite Aid violated the False Claims Act by offering gift cards to entice Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to transfer their prescriptions to Rite Aid pharmacies.

The case actually was filed by a Florida pharmacist under federal whistleblower laws.

Rite Aid settled the case and made payment late last month.

A call to a Rite Aid spokeswoman seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

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