Whistleblower Awarded $10 Million for Revealing Illegal Pricing Scheme

Government Contract Fraud

CA Inc. (CA), an information technology management software and services company, agreed to pay $45 million to resolve allegations brought under the False Claims Act. The federal government alleges that CA made false statements and claims in the negotiation and administration of a General Services Administration (GSA) contract. Continue Reading

SEC Whistleblower Awards List – March 2017

Stop Fraud, whistleblower rewards

The SEC Office of the Whistleblower posts Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million. Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to the successful enforcement of a covered action listed below are eligible to apply for a whistleblower award. Once a Notice of Covered Action is posted by the SEC, individuals have 90 calendar days to apply for an award.  Click “Continue Reading” to view the list. Continue Reading

Whistleblower Receives $3.5 Million for Reporting Fraudulent Billing Practices

false claims, medical fraud

Medstar Ambulance Inc., including four subsidiary companies and its two owners, Nicholas and Gregory Melehov, have agreed to pay $12.7 million to resolve allegations that the Massachusetts-based ambulance company knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare. Continue Reading

SEC Chairman Nominee to Support Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

SEC Chairman Nominee Won’t Abandon Anti-Bribery Law

Bloomberg  BNA reports that President Trump’s nominee for SEC Chairman, Jay Clayton, has stated support for continued use of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), calling it a “powerful  and effective tool.”   Continue Reading

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Wins Reinstatement and $5.4 Million in Damages

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Wins Reinstatement and $5.4 Million in Damages

On April 3, 2017, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered Wells Fargo to reinstate a former bank manager who blew the whistle on fraudulent behavior at the bank.  The whistleblower, who’s name was not released, reported the fraud to both supervisors and the company’s ethics hotline. Continue Reading

Proposed IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act Gives Trump Administration Opportunity to Strengthen Program

Proposed IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act Gives Trump Administration Opportunity to Strengthen Program

Yesterday Bloomberg BNA published an article discussing the future of the IRS Whistleblower Office under the Trump administration. “IRS Whistleblower Office Faces Test With Trump Administration,” reviews the current state of the program and new legislation that aims to improve legal protections for IRS whistleblowers who expose tax fraud and evasion.  Continue Reading

Physician Receives $11.4 Million Whistleblower Reward for Reporting Up-Coding Scheme

Healthcare Service Provider to Pay $60 Million to Settle Medicare and Medicaid False Claims Act Allegations

TeamHealth Holdings, a major U.S. hospital service provider and successor in interest to IPC Healthcare Inc., (IPC), has agreed to pay $60 million to resolve allegations that IPC violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare, Medicaid, the Defense Health Agency and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program for higher and more expensive levels of medical service than were actually performed (a practice known as “up-coding”). Continue Reading

Whistleblowers to Share Reward for Reporting Illegal Kickback Scheme

False Claims Act, Medical Fraud

“Dermagraft” manufacturer, Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC (Shire) agreed to pay $350 million to settle False Claims Act allegations. The federal government alleged that Shire employed kickbacks and other unlawful methods to induce clinics and physicians to use or overuse its product. Shire entered into a $350 million settlement agreement to settle both federal and state False Claims Act allegations. “Dermagraft,” is a bioengineered human skin substitute approved by the FDA for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. Continue Reading

IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act Introduced in Senate

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., left, and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, are two of 10 bipartisan members of the new caucus that aims to protect and encourage federal whistleblowers.

Washington, D.C. March 29, 2017. Today Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Ron Wyden introduced the IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation is aimed at improving IRS communication with tax fraud whistleblowers and protect those whistleblowers from workplace retaliation.

“This is urgently needed legislation to fix a major gap in whistleblower protections. Today an employee who reports tax fraud by a major corporation can be fired with no federal protection. The Grassley-Wyden bill fixes this gross deficiency. The law should be immediate enacted,” stated Michael D. Kohn, partner of the whistleblower advocacy law firm Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP. Continue Reading

Whistleblower Disclosure Leads to Three Crew Members Convicted and $2 Million in Criminal Penalties for the Vessel Operator

APPS / MARPOL Whistleblower, ocean pollution

Three whistleblowers could be eligible for up to 50% of the $1,000,000 fine issued to Aegean Shipping Management SA for violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.

The disclosures by the whistleblowers resulted in the conviction of two vessel engineers, criminal penalties for the vessel operator and conviction of the ship’s captain.  Continue Reading