March 22, 2016

Whistleblower News From The Inside — March 22, 2016

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

Miami Man Pleads Guilty to Multimillion-Dollar Scheme to Defraud Commercial Lenders and U.S. Export-Import Bank – The defendant pled guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering relating to his scheme to create false invoices and sell them to commercial lenders.  The defendant also used the fake invoices to get loans that ultimately defaulted, causing $11 million dollars in losses to the lenders and the United States. DOJ

Florida Audiologist Sentenced to 94 Months in Prison in Multimillion-Dollar Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme – The defendant was sentenced for submitting approximately $12,351,046 in false and fraudulent claims to Medicare.  She and her co-conspirators also used forged and falsified documents in the Medicare enrollment process for medical clinics that they operated under false pretenses, billed Medicare for services that had not been rendered by physicians, and paid illegal kickbacks in exchange for access to Medicare patients and Medicare patient information used in the fraud scheme. DOJ

Last Defendant Sentenced in Central Valley Student Aid Fraud and Identity Theft Scheme – The leader of a scheme to defraud the DOE of more than $370,000 in student aid grants and loans was sentenced to prison time and ordered to pay more than $300,000. DOJ

Probe launched into Pentagon handling of NSA whistleblower evidence – A federal watchdog has concluded that the Pentagon inspector general’s office may have improperly destroyed evidence during the high-profile leak prosecution of former NSA official Thomas Drake. McClatchy DC

Pilots ‘worked to death’: Flydubai whistleblower says fatigue-related crash predicted – An anonymous former Flydubai captain claims the crash of Flydubai flight FZ981 on Saturday was inevitable because the airline forces pilots to work while exhausted. RT

New York False Claims Act Whistleblower Recovers in Tax Case Against Roshanzamir – A whistleblower case alleging that real estate developer Asher Roshanzamir wrongfully deferred payment of New York state and New York City income taxes has been settled for $1.1 million. Corporate Crime Reporter

OSHA Issues Final Rules Implementing Consumer Financial Protection Whistleblower Law – OSHA has issued final rules implementing the whistleblower protection provision of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA), which aims to provide robust protection to employees who disclose fraud related to consumer financial protection services. The National Law Review

MetroHealth ‘Whistleblower’ Withdraws Lawsuit, Says His Statements Were ‘Untrue’ – A former internal audit director at MetroHealth has withdrawn a lawsuit alleging, among other things, that the hospital paid for thousands of dollars of improper expenditures and reimbursements for the CEO’s personal expenses. He now claims his allegations were “untrue and inaccurate.” Cleve Scene

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