Life care Centers of America Inc. has been charged by the government with systematically defrauding Medicare of millions of dollars by pressuring therapists to perform expensive and unnecessary treatments. The government complaint, unsealed this week says that the company encouraged therapists to bill higher amounts and filed false statements and false records to charge the government the highest amounts. The Department of Justice said Life Care set the aggressive targets for “ultra high” therapy which was billed at the highest rates, for physical speech and occupational therapies completely unrelated to the patient conditions or needs. Two former employees of Life Care, a nurse named Glenda Martin in Tennessee and a former occupational therapist in Laderhill Florida, Tammie Taylor, brought separate whistleblower cases against Life Care and if the case settles, they will be entitled to upto 25-30% of the recovery to the government. Jeffrey Newman represents whistleblowers.