NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


November 14, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

HOWARD COUNTY PHYSICIAN WHO CANíT ACCOUNT FOR 2,491 VACCINES, SETTLES CASE, PAYS STATE $32,000

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that a Howard County physician has agreed to pay $32,000 to settle allegations that she has failed to account for the disposition of almost 2,500 doses of vaccine that were provided to her by the Vaccines For Children (VFC) Program. Dr. Nadu Tuakli, of the 13600 block of Gilbride Lane in Clarksville, has participated in the VFC Program since 1994. The VFC Program provides physicians with free vaccines that they may administer to eligible members of their patient population, including children who receive Medicaid benefits, are uninsured, or whose insurance will not pay for the cost of vaccines.

An investigation by the Office of the Attorney General revealed that, during the period July 1997-October 2000, Dr. Tuakli ordered and received over 5,500 doses of vaccine from the VFC Program, but was unable to provide necessary documentation concerning 2,491. Participants in the VFC Program are required to maintain records concerning the disposition of all VFC vaccines they receive. Under the agreement, Dr. Tuakli will pay the State $32,000 to compensate for the vaccines in question. Dr. Tuakli has denied any intentional wrongdoing and has since withdrawn from participation in the VFC Program.

This matter was investigated and resolved by the Office of the Attorney Generalís Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

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