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Whistleblowers Collect More than $4.2 Million in False Claims Act Cases Involving Unnecessary Surgeries and Financial Misconduct

A pair of physicians acted as whistleblowers recently, initiating False Claims Act cases against a neurosurgeon and his two medical device companies. The whistleblowers received 20 percent of the $4.4 million total recovery under the False Claims Act, and also received separate settlements for cases involving that same neurosurgeon, including one award of $3.4 million. Read More

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SEC Issues More than $500,000 to Whistleblower Under Safe Harbor Rule

In late March, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an award of more than $500,000 to a whistleblower who provided information hat led to a successful enforcement action. The order, which was redacted in accordance with SEC rules to protect the whistleblower’s identity, stated the whistleblower brought forth concerns about internal securities violations, Read More

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Common Strategies Companies Use to Falsify their Financial Statements

One of the most common forms of fraud committed by businesses is “cooking the books,” or falsifying important financial documents and statements to make out that their numbers are actually better than reality would reflect. This is particularly common during periods of economic turmoil, such as what we’ve seen over the last year as a Read More

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Whistleblower to Get $3.6 Million in False Claims Act Case Against Roche, Humana

Humana and Roche Diagnositics Corp. and Roche Diabetes Care, Inc. (Roche) agreed to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit to the tune of $12.5 million, of which more than $3.6 million will go to the whistleblower who initiated the claim. The case dates back to 2014, when the whistleblower (who had worked at Roche) reported Read More

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CEO of GPB Capital Holdings LLC Implicated in $1.7 Billion Fraud Case

David Gentile, the CEO of GPB Capital Holdings LLC, was recently charged with engaging in a fraudulent scheme by misrepresenting the source of funds used to make distribution payments to investors, and the amount of revenue generated by investment funds at the company. The documents from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Read More

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Washington, D.C. Passes Tax Fraud Qui Tam Statute

On January 13, Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C. signed into law the False Claims Amendment Act of 2020. It will become effective as soon as the 30-day congressional review period passes, as it is expected to do. The amendment passed 12-1, and featured four major changes to the district’s existing false claims statute: The new law Read More

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Whistleblower Alleges ExxonMobil Overvalued its Financial Position

Franklin Bennett, a former employee of ExxonMobil, recently claimed the oil company has spent years overvaluing its assets, in what he calls a “fraudulent and defiant behavior.” He filed a whistleblower complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the company’s alleged wrongdoing, a complaint that is currently in process. This comes days after Read More

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Akumin Corporation Must Pay $700,000 to Resolve Healthcare Fraud Claims

Akumin Corporation and Delaware Open MRI Radiology Associates, LLC agreed to a $749,600 settlement with the U.S. government to resolve healthcare fraud allegations that arose under a False Claims Act case. A whistleblower familiar with the case prompted the legal action by filing a claim under the quit tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Read More

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Florida Woman Faces Significant Consequences for Role in Healthcare Fraud Scheme

A woman from Indian Rocks Beach in Florida owes more than $20.3 million in restitution and could face up to 13 years in federal prison for her role in perpetrating a healthcare fraud scheme. Kelly Wolfe pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and filing false tax returns. She will be sentenced later this Read More

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The Department of Justice Recovered $1.8 Billion in Healthcare Fraud Settlements and Judgments Last Year

A recent report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) indicates the department recovered $1.8 billion from healthcare fraud and false claims cases in the 2020 fiscal year. The cases that led to these recoveries involved many sectors of the healthcare industry, including medical devices, drug manufacturers, hospitals, pharmacies, managed care providers, physicians, hospice organizations and Read More

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