Tag Archives: False Claims/qui tam

Senator Sessions Questioned on Whistleblowers

sessionsconfirmationAG Nominee Voices Support for Major Anti-Fraud Program Washington, D.C. January 12, 2017.  During his confirmation hearing President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, was questioned on his position on whistleblowers.  The Justice Department manages many of America’s most important whistleblower programs, including the False Claims Act (“FCA”) anti-fraud law.… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Paid $7.8 Million for Reporting Pharmaceutical Kickback Scheme

fraudOn December 15, 2016, the Department of Justice announced that Forest Laboratories LLC (Forest), located in New York, New York, and its subsidiary, Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc., have agreed to pay $38 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to induce physicians to prescribe the drugs Bystolic®, Savella®, and … Continue Reading

Whistleblowers to Receive Award for Reporting Misuse of Government Funds Intended for Clean Up at DOE’s Contaminated Hanford Site

Whistleblowers to Receive Award for Reporting Misuse of Government Funds Intended for Clean Up at DOE’s Contaminated Hanford SiteOn November 23, 2016 the Justice Department announced that Bechtel National Inc., Bechtel Corp., URS Corp. (predecessor in interest to AECOM Global II LLC) and URS Energy and Construction Inc. (now known as AECOM Energy and Construction Inc.) agreed to pay $125 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that they made false … Continue Reading

Whistleblower Receives $5.1 Million for Reporting Misuse of Medical Device

Medical Device Maker Biocompatibles Pleads Guilty to Misbranding and Agrees to Pay $36 Million to Resolve Criminal Liability and False Claims Act AllegationsPennsylvania-based medical device manufacturer Biocompatibles Inc., a subsidiary of BTG plc, plead guilty on November 7, 2016 to misbranding its embolic device LC Bead and will pay more than $36 million to resolve criminal and civil liability arising out of its illegal conduct. LC Bead is used to treat liver cancer, among other diseases.… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Responsible for More Than Sixty Percent of FCA Recoveries in 2016

StopFraudgraphicThe Department of Justice announced yesterday that it obtained more than $4.7 Billion in settlements and judgments from cases involving fraud against the government. This amount marks the third highest annual recovery in the history of the False Claims Act (FCA). The FCA brings in a yearly average of $4 billion with a total of … Continue Reading

Huge Win for Whistleblowers with Unanimous Supreme Court Decision

US Supreme Court BuildingWashington, D.C. December 6, 2016. An attempt by large government contractors and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to undermine the False Claims Act (FCA) was beaten back by whistleblower advocates. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision today in the case of State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby ruling … Continue Reading

Bill Harmful to Whistleblower Reward Laws Subject of House Oversight Hearing

Bill Harmful to Whistleblower Reward Laws Subject of House Oversight HearingWashington, D.C. December 1, 2016.   The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittees on Government Operations and Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules is holding a hearing today on proposed changes to the appropriations process that would have a major impact existing whistleblower reward laws. … Continue Reading

Qui Tam Whistleblower Rewards Paid October 2016

healthcare-fraudIn October the Department of Justice announced settlements of  cases that were brought under the qui tam or whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act (FCA). The “qui tam” provision allows private citizens to file lawsuits alleging false claims on behalf of the government.  If the government prevails in the action, the whistleblower is eligible … Continue Reading

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 Amendments to the False Claims Act

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 Amendments to the False Claims ActWashington, D.C. October 27, 2016.  Today marks the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 amendments to the federal False Claims Act (FCA). Since these amendments were passed, the FCA has proven to be the most effective anti-fraud law in the United States, recovering over $48 billion from those who defrauded the U.S. government.… Continue Reading

Attorney General Lynch: U.S. Committed to Fighting International Fraud and Corruption

Attorney General Lynch: U.S. Committed to Fighting International Fraud and CorruptionCites FCPA & FCA as powerful detection and enforcement tools In remarks delivered to a group of Italian and American leaders and law enforcement officials on Thursday in Rome, U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch highlighted the powerful tools the United States is using to fight international fraud and corruption. Lynch also gave assurances to … Continue Reading

Fraud in Humanitarian Food Aid Program Uncovered by Whistleblower

AP photoAugust 1, 2016: Jacintoport International LLC (Jacintoport) and Seaboard Marine Ltd. (Seaboard Marine) have agreed to pay $1.075 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that the companies violated the False Claims Act in connection with a warehousing and logistics contract for the storage and redelivery of humanitarian food aid.  Jacintoport is a cargo handling and … Continue Reading

DOJ Intervenes in Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleging Fraud in Afghanistan and Iraq Reconstruction Contracts

Reconstruction Contract FraudJuly 28, 2016: The Justice Department announced it filed suit under the False Claims Act against Derish M. Wolff and Salvatore J. Pepe, respectively the former CEO and CFO of Louis Berger Group Inc. (LBG), for conspiring to overbill the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other government agencies for costs incurred performing reconstruction … Continue Reading

Whistleblower Says Major Insurers Defrauded Government

medicare-fraudAugust 11, 2016. On Wednesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act case against several of the nation’s largest health insurers. The Court ruled that the whistleblower, James Swoben, put forward enough evidence to suggest that insurers like HealthCare Partners, UnitedHealthCare and Aetna … Continue Reading

Improper Billing & Illegal Kickback Scheme Exposed by Whistleblowers

False Claims Act SettlementsJune 30, 2016: An Ocala, Florida, cardiologist, Dr. Asad Qamar, and his practice, the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence (ICE), will pay $2 million, plus release any claim to $5.3 million in suspended Medicare funds, to resolve a lawsuit alleging that they improperly billed Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE for medically unnecessary procedures, and paid kickbacks to … Continue Reading

Government Contractors Ask Supreme Court for False Claims Act Loophole So They Can “Pick and Choose” What Regulations to Follow

US Supreme Court BuildingOn April 19th I visited the Supreme Court to listen to oral arguments in Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, arising under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act.  However, I was shocked at what I heard. The hospital that was sued in this case actually asked the Justices to believe that: … Continue Reading

False Claims Act Settlements October 2015, part 1

medicaid_fraudThe Department of Justice announced settlements in the following False Claims Act lawsuits: United States Settles False Claims Act Suit against Guardian Hospice and Related Entities Guardian Hospice of Georgia LLC, Guardian Home Care Holdings Inc. and AccentCare Inc. (collectively Guardian) agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that Guardian knowingly submitted false claims to the … Continue Reading
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