A federal grand jury in Las Vegas yesterday indicted an executive of the medical staff who conspired to fix the wages of Las Vegas nurses in violation of the Sherman Act.
According to the 1 count felony indictment, Eduardo Lopez of Las Vegas served as an executive at three different home health agencies. At each company, Lopez oversaw the recruitment, recruitment, retention and placement of nurses and other medical staff. Lopez and other unnamed co-conspirators have been charged with agreeing to suppress and eliminate competition for the services of nurses between March 2016 and his May 2019. Specifically, Lopez and his co-conspirators are charged with participating in a series of meetings and correspondence to fix wages. nurse’s.
“Wage manipulation is a crime that robs workers of their hard-earned wages,” said Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Cantor of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. “The Antitrust Division will be vigilant to protect workers.” .”
Nevada District Attorney Jason M. Frierson said: “We will investigate and prosecute those who engage in anti-competitive activities.”
“The wage fixation allegations in this case hurt hardworking Americans and defrauded them of fair opportunity and compensation,” said Luis Quesada, deputy director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigations Division. “The FBI is committed to rooting out anticompetitive activity and corruption.”
Violations of the Sherman Act are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million for individuals and up to $100 million for corporations. The maximum fine may be increased if twice the profit gained from the crime or twice the loss suffered by the victim exceeds the statutory maximum.
Today’s announcement is the result of a federal investigation conducted by the San Francisco Office of the Antitrust Division and the FBI’s Global Corruption Division with assistance from the Nevada District Attorney’s Office.
The indictment in this lawsuit was brought in connection with the Antitrust Division’s ongoing efforts to prosecute anticompetitive conduct affecting the U.S. labor market. If you have information about market allocation or pricing by your employer, please contact the Antitrust Division’s Civil Complaint Center at 1-888-647-3258 or visit www.justice.gov/atr/contact/newcase. Please visit html.
The indictment merely alleges that a crime was committed. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.