COVID Frauds of the Week: More PPP and PPE Fraudsters, and an Update
Attorney General William P. Barr announced the results of his Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Criminal Fraud Enforcement Action this week, and noted that as of August 8, 2020, over 5.2 million loans had been approved, with a total federal expenditure of over $525 billion in federal business support expenditures. The downside is that Paycheck Protection Program fraudsters have cost the government over $70 million in...
COVID Frauds of the Week: PPP Loan Scams Continue, NFL Player Charged
Another week in the time of COVID-19 brings another round of conspiracy and fraud charges in connection with relief programs designed to provide emergency financial assistance to Americans suffering from the pandemic’s economic fallout. We continue to highlight federal prosecutors’ work to stop scams that take advantage of these crucial programs:
NFL player Joshua Bellamy was arrested and charged in a federal...
How Pennsylvania Can Win the Battle Against COVID-19 Fraud
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...
How Whistleblowers Can Report Fraud Related to Clinical Trials
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of government-funded scientific and medical research, including clinical trials of vaccines, treatments, and more. We are all potentially at risk if there is fraud and abuse in clinical trials and other research.
Individuals with knowledge of fraud and misconduct in federal grants and clinical trials may be able to bring a whistleblower action for that research...
Watch: Jessica Moore Discusses Assisted Living Facility Safety on Tampa’s ABC Action News
Constantine Cannon has been following the impact of COVID-19 on nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Residents and workers at nursing homes make up a disproportionate share of U.S. coronavirus deaths, and the pandemic has imposed unique burdens on the industry.
Florida recently implemented standards that will allow visitors in to long-term care facilities, if those facilities meet specific criteria. ...
Top Takeaways from Former DOJ Civil Chief Jody Hunt on the Current State of False Claims Act Enforcement
Law360 recently interviewed former DOJ Civil Chief Jody Hunt on what he sees as the key issues surrounding False Claims Act enforcement these days. Here are the top takeaways:
COVID-relief fraud will be a DOJ priority. No surprise there given the billions of dollars the federal government is pouring into the economy to alleviate some of the financial strain the pandemic is wreaking on healthcare providers...
As the Gulf coast digs out from Hurricane Laura, one particular industry’s history of avoiding government oversight and obligations is going to make recovery a lot worse and much more dangerous. The stretch of land on either side of the Texas-Louisiana border is full of petrochemical companies large and small. These companies have successfully lobbied for relief from regulation, all the while taking significant...
COVID Frauds of the Week: More Price Gouging and PPP Fraud
As the COVID-19 pandemic remains omnipresent in our daily lives, so too do the fraudsters who seek to capitalize on the crisis and line their own pockets. Fortunately, government regulators have remained vigilant in rooting out fraud and protecting the public. Just in the past week, federal prosecutors have busted two large schemes seeking to profit off other's pain.
First, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for...
Colorado Law Offers Rewards for Whistleblowers Reporting Workplace Health and Safety Violations
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...
COVID Frauds of the Week: Price Gouging, Unapproved Treatments, and a Dead CEO
COVID-19 fraudsters really delivered this week, wherein we saw price gouging on masks, peddling of unproven “treatments” for COVID-19, and fraudulently-obtained PPP money spent on real estate, luxury goods, and personal—sometimes very personal—entertainment.
Starting in Pennsylvania, the Attorney General announced this week that two medical supply companies—American Surgical Supply and Keystone Medical...