The Justice Department is seeking at least $1 million from a Lafayette rehabilitation clinic accused in a lawsuit filed this week of filing fraudulent Medicare claims.

The Lafayette Community Rehabilitation Hospital, which owns the 22-bed Community Specialty Hospital on Evangeline Thruway, is accused of defrauding the federal Medicare program by submitting bills for services that were either not rendered or not eligible for reimbursement, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday.

The lawsuit alleges that Community Specialty Hospital submitted 605 fraudulent Medicare Claims from 2007 to 2008, resulting in overpayments totaling $956,175.

The Justice Department is seeking to recoup the overpayments plus penalties.

The questionable billing was done under an agreement with Shreveport-based Monroe Medical Management, whose owner, Sharon Monroe, pleaded guilty in September to federal charges of health care fraud and wire fraud.

The Lafayette Community Rehabilitation Hospital referred questions to Shreveport attorney James Bodenheimer, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.