South Dakota reaches settlement in Medicaid damages case


PHOTO: Medtronic Operational Headquarters, Photo Date: October 2016

PIERRE, S.D. — A $400,000 payment is heading South Dakota’s way after the State reached a settlement agreement with Medtronic USA, Inc.

The settlement resolves South Dakota’s share of alleged Medicaid damages at the center of the October 2020 settlement agreement related to alleged payments by Medtronic to Carnaval Brazilian Grill. Carnaval was owned by Wilson Asfora, a South Dakota neurosurgeon.

“Medtronic cooperated with the State throughout this matter,” South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg says. “In reaching this resolution, we are able to ensure that the South Dakota Medicaid program is made whole.”

South Dakota’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, along with the South Dakota Department of Social Services, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Division.

The State says the settlement is neither an admission of liability by Medtronic nor a concession by the State that its claims aren’t well-founded.

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