Life Care Centers of America Inc. — an operator of skilled-nursing, Alzheimer's and senior-living facilities with more than 30 locations in Colorado — and its owner, Forrest Preston, have agreed to pay $145 million in a government lawsuit for allegedly filing false claims with Medicare and Tricare for services that were not needed.

The settlement is the largest with a skilled-nursing chain in U.S. Department of Justice history, said Benjamin Mizer, who heads up the Justice Department’s civil division.

“It is critically important that we protect the integrity of government health care programs by ensuring that services are provided based on clinical rather than financial considerations," Mizer said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado played a role in this investigation, which ultimately led to settlement, a spokesman for the office said.

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