Healthcare executive charged with fixing nurse wages

A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging a staffing executive at three home health agencies in Las Vegas with participating in a conspiracy to fix nurses' wages, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Nevada said March 16.

Eduardo Lopez and his co-conspirators allegedly agreed to suppress and eliminate competition for nursing services provided between March 2016 and May 2019, according to the indictment. During this time, Mr. Lopez oversaw nurse recruitment, hiring, retention and assignments for three separate home health agencies.  

Prosecutors contend the actions violate the Sherman Act. Such violations face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine for individuals. 

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