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Unsealed Whistleblower Lawsuit Accuses Epic of Double-Billing Anesthesia Services

Epic, a medical billing software service, has been accused of prompting hundreds of hospitals across the country to double-bill Medicaid and Medicare for anesthesia services. This resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent payments. The recently unsealed lawsuit was originally filed in 2015, and the federal government declined to intervene in the case. Read More

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Pharmacy Owners Convicted of Fraudulent Multimillion Dollar Telemedicine Scheme

Two pharmacy owners were recently convicted of trying to defraud pharmacy benefit managers of tens of thousands of prescriptions, which were submitted to both private and federally-funded healthcare programs. The PBMs paid claims to the conspirator-owned pharmacies in a multimillion dollar scheme. They face up to 17 years in prison and $50 million in restitution. Read More

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DOJ Levels Charges Against 36 Defendants for $1.2 Billion in Healthcare Fraud

The Department of Justice recently charged 36 defendants in 13 federal districts for “alleged fraudulent telemedicine, cardiovascular and cancer genetic testing and durable medical equipment (DME) schemes.” Criminal charges were levied against medical equipment companies, lab owners and executives, medical professionals, marketing firms and more. Other government agencies took additional administrative actions against 52 more Read More

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Rehabilitative Therapy Business Must Pay $9.6 Million in Damages

A rehabilitative therapy business in Georgia, along with its founder, has been ordered to pay $9.6 million in damages for submitting nearly 800 false health care claims. Case background Middle Georgia Family Rehab LLC, along with owner/CEO Brenda Hicks, are jointly liable for 796 false claims submitted to TRICARE and Medicaid. The defendants were paid Read More

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Construction Company Settles Whistleblower Case for $2.8 Million After Alleged Incidents of Fraud

Hensel Phelps, a general contractor and construction company, recently settled allegations of subcontracting fraud for $2.8 million The misconduct was revealed by Fox Unlimited Enterprises, which acted as a whistleblower in the case. The whistleblower will receive nearly $631,000 for their role in prompting the investigation that led to the settlement. Case background According to Read More

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SEC Considering Return to 30 Percent Awards for Corporate Whistleblowers

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently proposed some changes to its whistleblower program that could potentially affect compensation received by whistleblowers through the program. Under the current rules, whistleblowers can perceive anywhere from 10 to 30 percent of penalties the SEC collects when the penalties in the case exceed $1 million. However, the Read More

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Department of Justice Announces Pair of False Claims Act Settlements

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced two settlements of qui tam lawsuits under the False Claims Act, which allows private individuals to file lawsuits on behalf of the government when they become aware of fraud committed by companies or individuals. Here’s a brief overview of these settlements. Healthkeeperz, Inc. Healthkeeperz, Inc., a behavioral healthcare Read More

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The CFTC is Accepting Claims for Whistleblower Awards in a $16 Million Case Involving Kraft Foods

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a Notice of Covered Action (NCA) on May 18 for action taken against Kraft Foods Group, Inc. and Mondelez Global LLC. The companies are charged with manipulating the market, specifically with regard to prices of cash wheat and wheat futures. With the NCA issued, whistleblowers are able Read More

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Telecom Will Pay $13.4 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

TracFone Wireless Inc., a Miami-based telecommunications carrier, will pay $13.4 million to settle allegations of False Claims Act violations. The case was originally brought by a whistleblower, Farrell Gordon, who will receive $462,500 in compensation for his services in bringing the case forward. Whistleblowers in False Claims Act cases are eligible to receive 15 to Read More

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SEC Issues $14 Million Whistleblower Award

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued a $14 million award to a whistleblower who published an online report that exposed ongoing fraud. That whistleblower shared the same information days later with the SEC. They were proactive in reaching out to the staff and assisting the commission in opening an investigation that resulted Read More

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