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LAS VEGAS, NV- A health care staffing executive from Las Vegas, Eduardo Lopez, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to fix the wages of Las Vegas nurses in violation of the Sherman Act. The indictment alleges that Lopez, who held executive positions at three different home health agencies, conspired with unnamed co-conspirators to eliminate competition for the services of nurses between March 2016 and May 2019.
Lopez and his co-conspirators are charged with participating in meetings and communications to fix the wages of nurses, which is a crime that deprives workers of hard-earned wages. The Antitrust Division of the Justice Department, along with the FBI, is committed to protecting workers and will investigate and prosecute those who engage in anticompetitive activities.
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The FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division Assistant Director, Luis Quesada, stated that the wage fixing alleged in this case harmed hardworking Americans and cheated them of fair opportunity and compensation. The maximum penalty for a violation of the Sherman Act is a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine for individuals and a maximum penalty of a $100 million fine for corporations.
The Antitrust Division’s San Francisco Office and the International Corruption Unit of the FBI conducted a federal investigation that led to the charges in this case. The charges are part of the Antitrust Division’s ongoing commitment to prosecute anticompetitive conduct affecting American labor markets. Anyone with information on market allocation or price fixing by employers should contact the Antitrust Division’s Citizen Complaint Center at 1-888-647-3258.