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DOJ Catch Of The Week -- Kindred Healthcare

Posted  01/15/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to Kentucky-based healthcare provider Kindred Healthcare, Inc.  On Tuesday, the company and its two RehabCare Group subsidiaries agreed to pay $125 million to resolve allegations of violating the False Claims Act by knowingly causing skilled nursing facilities to submit false claims to Medicare for rehabilitation...

DOJ Catch Of The Week -- Nashville Pharmacy Services

Posted  01/8/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to Nashville Pharmacy Services, LLC, and its majority owner Kevin Hartman.  On Tuesday, Mr. Hartman and his Nashville-based pharmacy that specializes in dispensing HIV and AIDS-related medications agreed to pay up to $7.8 million to settle charges they overbilled Medicare and TennCare for pharmacy services.  Click here...

Top-10 False Claims Act Kickback Recoveries For 2015

Posted  01/7/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Here is our look-back at the top-10 Department of Justice False Claims Act recoveries in 2015 for violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and/or the Stark Law.      10.  AA ADVANCED CARE -- Felix Gonzalez, owner of Miami home health care company AA Advanced Care, was ordered to pay $21.4 million in restitution (and sentenced to 113 months in prison) for billing Medicare...

Top-10 DOJ False Claims Act Recoveries For 2015

Posted  01/4/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Here is our look-back at the top-10 Department of Justice False Claims Act recoveries for 2015.

     10.  TUOMEY HEALTHCARE -- The South Carolina-based hospital system agreed to pay $72.4 million to settle charges of billing Medicare for services referred by physicians with whom the hospital had improper financial relationships.

     9.  COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS -- The...

A Big Friday for Whistleblowers

Posted  12/21/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team In what might be a first of its kind for whistleblowers and the government, this past Friday there were four significant government fraud recoveries all initiated by whistleblowers. In the midst of what is certainly an ever-expanding parade of whistleblower-prompted fraud settlements by the government, this may be the only time four major settlements were announced in a single...

DOJ Announces Another Banner Year For False Claims Act Recoveries -- Whistleblowers Continue to Lead the Charge

Posted  12/4/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Yesterday, to much fanfare, the Department of Justice announced it had obtained more than $3.5 billion in False Claims Act (FCA) recoveries for its fiscal year 2015.  It is the fourth year in a row the $3.5 billion mark has been crossed, and brings to more than $26 billion the total FCA recoveries the government has obtained since 2009.  And once again, as the DOJ made clear...

DOJ Catch Of The Week -- Education Management Corp.

Posted  11/20/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to Education Management Corp. (EDMC), the second-largest for-profit education company in the country.  On Monday, the company agreed to pay $95.5 million to resolves allegations it violated the federal False Claims Act and several state False Claims Acts by falsely certifying it was in compliance with Title IV of the...

Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Suit Against KBR Will Go Forward: False Certification of Compliance Not Needed To State a Claim

Posted  10/21/15
C|C Whistleblower Team By Janice Kelly A whistleblower suit against KBR will go forward after a district court judge found that relators’ complaint sufficiently alleged a violation of the False Claims Act. Judge Michael M. Mihm found that relators’ claims that KBR sidestepped required inventory controls and ordered hundreds of millions of dollars of unneeded materials met the FCA’s requirement that fraud...

DOJ Catch Of The Week -- Technology Integration Group

Posted  08/14/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to PC Specialists Inc., doing business as Technology Integration Group (TIG).  On Tuesday, the San-Diego-based computer supply company agreed to pay $5.9 million to settle charges it inflated the price of computers sold through another company to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) for use at Sandia...

Court Slaps Down DOJ For Skimping On Whistleblower Award

Posted  07/24/15
By Gordon Schnell It is a rare occasion where the Department of Justice gets judicially censured for shortchanging a whistleblower under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  But that is exactly what District Court Judge Robert F. Kelly (Eastern District Pennsylvania) did last week in United Sates ex rel. Ryan v. Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  There, Judge Kelly came down hard on the government for...
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