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Question of the Week — Will Healthcare Settlements Continue to Dominate False Claims Act Recoveries?

Posted  07/24/19
Recent blockbuster settlements continue past trends: healthcare fraud has so far this year dominated FCA recoveries. During the first half of 2019, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) secured over $750 million in settlements from False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases. And just past the mid-year point, total recoveries have nearly doubled due to a $700 million civil settlement ($1.4 billion total) entered on July 11th...

Default by Nursing Home Chain on HUD-Guaranteed Mortgage Highlights Potential for Fraud in Section 232 Program

Posted  06/3/19
Nursing Home with Elderly People
Last week, the New York Times reported on the collapse of Rosewood Care Centers, a chain of nursing homes with facilities in Illinois and Missouri. According to the report, the chain had faced years of operational and financial difficulties, including fines by state regulators, personal injury claims by residents, and lawsuits by investors and vendors. When it went under, Rosewood defaulted on $146 million in...

Catch of the Week — General Electric to Pay $1.5 Billion under FIRREA in Subprime Loan Scheme

Posted  04/12/19
general electric company logo on building
The Department of Justice today announced that General Electric will pay a civil penalty of $1.5 billion under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA) to resolve claims of fraud involving the marketing of subprime residential mortgage loans.  The loans at issue originated by a GE subsidiary, WMC Mortgage.  The government alleged that WMC, GE, and their affiliates allegedly...

Top Ten Federal Financial Fraud Recoveries of 2018

Posted  01/25/19
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While 2018 has been a banner year for FCPA, Tax, and SEC & CFTC recoveries, in the bottomless pit of financial frauds that hurt taxpayers, the government, consumers, investors, and the American economy, 2018 brought us additional stunning recoveries for violations related to residential-mortgage backed securities, international economic sanctions, consumer protection, anti-money-laundering, EB-5 investment fraud, and...

Catch of the Week — Universal American Mortgage Company

Posted  10/19/18
Universal American Mortgage Company (UAMC), a Miami-based mortgage company, agreed on October 19 to a $13.2 million settlement to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by falsely certifying that it complied with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage-insurance requirements in connection with certain loans. UAMC is part of Lennar, one of America’s leading homebuilders. The...

Catch of the Week: RBS Agrees to Pay $4.9 Billion

Posted  08/17/18
This week’s Department of Justice “Catch of the Week” goes to The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (RBS), who agreed to pay $4.9 billion to settle claims that RBS misled investors in the underwriting and issuing of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) between 2005 and 2008.   See DOJ Press Release. The settlement’s statement of facts details how RBS routinely made misrepresentations and omissions...

Barclays Agrees to Pay $2 Billion in Civil Penalties

Posted  03/30/18
By <the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Barclays will pay the United States two billion dollars to settle a civil action filed in December 2016 in which the United States sought civil penalties for alleged conduct related to Barclays’ underwriting and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) between 2005 and 2007. Agreement has also been reached with two former Barclays executives who were named as...

The Former Khmer Rouge Slave Who Became a Whistleblower Against Wells Fargo

Posted  03/26/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The New York Times reports on former Wells Fargo employee Duke Tran who blew the whistle on the company for allegedly being ordered to lie to customers who were facing foreclosure in 2014. Mr. Tran was fired from his job at Wells Fargo and since then has been locked in a four-year legal battle with the company alleging he was fired as retaliation for blowing the whistle on the...

Deloitte & Touche Settles FCA Suit for $149.5M

Posted  03/1/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Deloitte, the world’s largest accounting and consulting company,  has settled allegations arising from its role as an outside auditor of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. (TBW), a failed mortgage broker that issue FHA and HUD secured loans. At one time, TBW was one of the largest privately held mortgage lending companies in the US, issuing over $35B in mortgages in 2007...

Deloitte & Touche Settles FCA Suit for $149.5M

Posted  03/1/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Deloitte, the world’s largest accounting and consulting company,  has settled allegations arising from its role as an outside auditor of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. (TBW), a failed mortgage broker that issue FHA and HUD secured loans. At one time, TBW was one of the largest privately held mortgage lending companies in the US, issuing over $35B in mortgages in 2007...
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