January 19, 2019

Philadelphia Health Company Allegations of False Claims Act Violations

Philadelphia Health Company Agrees to Settle Allegations of False Claims Act Violations for Vascular $3.825 Million The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reported on October 23, 2018, that whistleblowers helped force a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania company and its 23 related corporations to agree to a $3.825 million settlement of charges it…

False Claims Act Violations
January 19, 2019

U.S. Department of Justice False Claims Act Complaints

U.S. Department of Justice Announces it Will Intervene in False Claims Act Complaints Against Tetra Tech Ec. Inc. The DOJ reported on October 26, 2018, that it will intervene in three federal California whistleblower cases. The Department of Justice claims that Tetra Tech EC Inc. (Tetra Tech) failed to submit…

November 14, 2018

10th Circuit Confirms Conclusion that the False Claims Act Applies to Fraudulent Medical Judgment

The False Claims Act provides that whistleblowers are entitled to a percentage of any recovery for verifiable false claims against the U.S. Government. Fraud includes filing claims for payment that are improper. Examples include overbilling and billing for services that are unnecessary. Fraud includes submitting the false bill, using evidence…

October 30, 2018

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Announces $45 Million Plus in Recent Whistleblower Awards

On August 2, 2018, the CTFC released the news that its Whistleblowers Program is continuing to help the government collect large amounts from companies that try to cheat the government. The CTFC stated that one award was for nearly $30 million, the largest by the CFTC to date. The previous…

Commodity Futures Trading Commission
October 1, 2018

Hospital System Settles Medicare Overbilling Case for $65 Million

AP News reported on August 4, 2018, that Prime Healthcare Services, one of the biggest hospital systems in the country and the company CEO agreed to pay $65 million to resolve claims the California based company overbilled Medicare. The lawsuit that forced the settlement was a whistleblower lawsuit. Prime will pay…

October 1, 2018

Lincare Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Charges for $5.25 Million

The Effingham Daily News reported in August 2018, that Lincare Inc., a major provider of oxygen and respiratory therapy services and other medical equipment agreed to a $5.25 million dollar settlement. The company was charged with violating both the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute. Lincoln’s company headquarters are…

September 27, 2018

SEC Whistleblowers

The United States capital markets have whistleblower programs that are administered by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”).    The programs’ purpose is to encourage whistleblowers to report violations of securities and commodity-related laws by offering financial rewards.  In addition, there are laws that…

September 27, 2018

IRS Whistleblowers

Who are Noncompliant Taxpayers? The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Whistleblower Office is the government body in charge of incentivizing employees and contractors who report entities that fail to pay taxes owed to the government.  For the whistleblower’s specific information that leads to the IRS recovering of tax dollars, the IRS…

September 27, 2018

State False Claims Act

In addition to claims brought under the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”), each state has its own version of the FCA.  For example, in California, since 1987, the state’s version of the FCA is found in its Government Code (8000-22980) and enforced by the State of California Department of Justice’s…

September 27, 2018

Federal False Claims Act

False Claims Act (“FCA”) is the government’s main vehicle to stem out fraud against government-funded programs as well as to protect whistleblowers who report such fraud.  The FCA has state counterparts that enable similar enforcement on the state level.  Whistleblowers must reasonably believe that their employer financially defrauded the government…