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Proposed Changes to NY FCA Tax Provisions Rattle Potential Tax Fraudsters

Posted  10/16/20
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New York is one of several states that has provisions in its state False Claims Act (“NY FCA”) allowing whistleblower (or qui tam) suits for violations of the state’s tax laws. On August 3, 2020 (Senate) and October 7, 2020 (Assembly), the New York state legislature, introduced bills proposing revisions to the NY FCA’s tax provisions.

The Proposed Legislation

The Senate bill’s accompanying memorandum...

A Better Approach to Fighting Fraud in West-Virginia: Bring in the Whistleblowers

Posted  10/12/20
West-Virginia Capitol Building
(Guest Essay Published in the Dominion Post) As the saying goes, Mountaineers are always free in West Virginia.  Unfortunately, the cost of fraud is not.  And as evidenced by the eye-popping $50 million fraud settlement the federal government just secured from Wheeling Hospital, there is a lot of fraud going around these days.  The problem for the Mountain State is it does not have the proper tools to deal with...

Constantine Cannon Celebrates a Record-Shattering Year of Whistleblower Rewards

Posted  10/8/20
Whistleblower Rewards
This has been a big year for the whistleblower clients of Constantine Cannon. Our whistleblower team represented the whistleblowers in four blockbuster settlements in just the past twelve months.  In two of those cases, the government declined to pursue the matter so we had to litigate on our own. More importantly for our clients, in all four cases Constantine Cannon secured some of the highest whistleblower...

Wireless Carriers Pay $138.7 Million to Settle Claims of Overcharging Hundreds of State and Local Entities Under Cooperative Purchasing Contracts

Posted  09/24/20
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Constantine Cannon represented whistleblower OnTheGo Wireless, LLC, as well as 30 California political subdivisions in litigation that resulted in recoveries under the state False Claims Acts of California and Nevada from the nation’s four largest wireless carriers: Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint, and T-Mobile.  With California court approval of the AT&T and Verizon settlements on September 24, 2020,...

Constantine Cannon Attorneys Ari Yampolsky and Chris McLamb Published in the Daily Journal on the California FCA

Posted  09/17/20
On September 8, 2020, Constantine Cannon attorneys Ari Yampolsky and Chris McLamb published an article in the Daily Journal discussing the California State Senate’s failure to pass critical amendments to the California False Claims Act.  Among other things, the amendments would have closed a loophole that lets tax cheats off the hook and rebuffed defendants’ attacks on the CFCA’s longstanding materiality...

How Pennsylvania Can Win the Battle Against COVID-19 Fraud

Posted  09/11/20
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With co-author Jack Kolar of the Government Accountability Project. Legislation is now before the Pennsylvania Senate that, if signed into law, would protect COVID-19 stimulus funds, as well as other state programs, from fraud. As former federal prosecutors and current whistleblower attorneys, we strongly urge all Pennsylvanians to support enactment of the Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Act (CFPA). While the...

For Garlic Powder They Got Maltodextrin

Posted  08/28/20
The centuries-old yet enduring fraud of cheap-substitutions for quality foodstuffs reared its head during the U.S. Civil War when the government bought supplies from contractors: “For sugar, it often got sand; for coffee, rye; for leather, something no better than brown paper; for sound horses and mules, spavined beasts and dying donkeys; and for serviceable muskets and pistols, the experimental failures of sanguine...

Colorado Law Offers Rewards for Whistleblowers Reporting Workplace Health and Safety Violations

Posted  08/14/20
As lock-downs and business shutdowns continue in the U.S., essential workers continue to report to work, providing healthcare, putting food on our tables, delivering goods and service, ensuring public safety, and more. These essential workers may face serious risks as they perform their jobs, often as a result of workplace health and safety violations by employers. Responding to the unique challenges of the...

Whistleblowers could bring in money for Kansas — Why did lawmakers say no?

Posted  08/7/20
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So here is a question for the powers that be in Topeka.  If you could reduce the amount of fraud against the state and its municipalities, recover tens of millions of dollars a year in the process and better protect the health and welfare of all Kansans, would you do it?  It seems like a no-brainer by any account.  Especially these days, with Kansas -- like most states and municipalities around the country -- at...

Oklahoma City Hospital, Management Company, And Physician Group to Pay $72.3 Million To Settle Kickback and Stark Allegations

Posted  07/10/20
Anti-Kickback Stark Law Whistleblower Examples
Oklahoma Center for Orthopaedic and Multi-Specialty Surgery (OCOM), a specialty hospital affiliated with Tenet Healthcare in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, its part-owner and management company, USP OKC, Inc. and USP OKC Manager, Inc. (collectively USP), Southwest Orthopaedic Specialists, PLLC (SOS), an Oklahoma City-based physician group, and two SOS physicians, will pay $72.3 million to resolve kickback allegations...
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