Jan 8 Merge Healthcare Inc, a medical
imaging software provider, said a former employee falsified
contracts, forcing it to cut its backlog of orders by more than
The employee falsified the existence or value of contracts
in the company's data and analytics business for six quarters
through Sept. 30, 2013, according to an independent
investigation authorized by Merge Healthcare.
The company cut the adjusted backlog at the business by
about $5.8 million for 2012 and $9.4 million for 2013, but said
it would not need to restate prior results as it had not billed
customers or recognized revenue from the falsified contracts.
The company said the employee, who acknowledged that the
contracts were invalid, was paid commissions worth about
$250,000 due to the falsified contracts before resigning in
September last year.
The independent investigation did not find any evidence that
other employees were a part of or aware of this improper
conduct, Merge Healthcare said.
The company said it has referred the matter to the U.S.
Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, and
will consider other legal action.
Merge Healthcare also said sales in the data and analytics
business grew by about 30 percent last year and is expected to
grow at least another 20 percent this year.
Shares of the company closed at $2.52 on the Nasdaq on