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Citizens Can Use Whistleblower Laws to Report Climate Crimes

It’s no secret that climate change is happening at an increasingly rapid pace. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, sea levels are rising and once-normal weather events are more destructive than ever. While the average citizen can cut down on their carbon footprint, certain industries and corporations are adding to the problem. The Climate Corruption 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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Uber and Lyft Drivers Propose Class Action to Block Price Fixing

Uber and Lyft drivers have alleged the two companies are embroiled in a price-fixing scheme, causing drivers to earn less money for their work than they might have otherwise. Three drivers want to represent a class of all the drivers who opted out of Uber and Lyft’s arbitration clauses. They have asked the San Francisco Read More

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Multimillion Dollar Bounty Offered for Crypto Liquidation Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers with evidence of a crypto liquidation conspiracy could receive a $20 million dollar bounty for speaking up. Sources allege that there’s a scheme to liquidate cryptocurrency as an attack on Celsius, a cryptocurrency scheme marketed as an alternative lender. The Celsius liquidation scheme Celsius claims they want to “disrupt the financial industry” and help 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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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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Maryland Doctor Imprisoned Over Illegal Kickback Scheme

A doctor in Baltimore County, Maryland will spend eight months in federal prison and another with supervision upon release after he was involved with in a kickback scheme to prescribe pain medications known to be highly addictive. The illegal activity took place from 2012 to 2018. Case background The 65-year-old doctor is Howard J. Hoffberg, Read More

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Arthrex Agrees to $16 Million Settlement in Kickback Case

Arthrex Inc., an orthopedic device company based in Florida, agreed to pay $16 million to settle claims it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) in illegally paying kickbacks to a physician so that physician would use and recommend its products. The allegations in the case were originally brought forth by a whistleblower under the FCA’s Read More

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Report: Colorado Air Quality Division Gave Permits Despite EPA Standard Violations

Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Division allegedly issued multiple air quality permits to facilities despite predictive models demonstrating those facilities could violate pollution standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These findings were released in a report from the Colorado Attorney General’s office. Case background In response to the report, state health officials say they 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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