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N.C. gets nearly $900,000 in settlement with nursing home chain

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North Carolina will receive nearly $900,000 as part of a settlement with a chain of nursing homes accused of accepting kickbacks from a drug company.

Mariner Health Care was alleged to have received millions of dollars from the pharmaceutical company, Omnicare, in exchange for directing its patients to buy the company's prescription drugs.

State Attorney General Roy Cooper joined the federal government and other states in the investigation which resulted in a $14 million settlement. North Carolina's share will go to state and federal Medicaid efforts.

The N.C. Attorney General's Medicaid Investigations Unit helped with the investigation. The unit has recouped more than $400 million over the past decade.

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Mary Cornatzer has worked at The News & Observer for more than 25 years, covering the local music industry, state movie industry and travel. She has been the paper's Business editor since 2000. Contact Mary at 919-829-4755 or e-mail her.