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October 18, 2013

Verdict clears attorney; city gets nothing

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DAVENPORT —

Henry and Blount told the jury the city had erroneously upcoded nearly 18 percent of its calls from 2002 to 2009; Henry also called these claims false. Blount testified theses alleged false claims could have resulted in $16 million in civil penalties for the city. Cook testified Walker was not negligent. Walker was qualified to handle the case and landed the city a remarkable and favorable settlement, Cook said.

The settlement allows the city to pay the $4.5 million over 10 years with no interest. The settlement did, however, leave the city open to criminal charges and expulsion from Medicare, actions that have never been taken.

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