COVID Frauds of the Week: PPP Loans for Fraudsters Who Like Nice Things
It was another busy week for the DOJ, with at least 13 individuals charged for their attempts to defraud the Paycheck Protection Program out of cash meant to help real businesses with real employees, rather than to fund fraudsters’ extravagant lifestyles and idiotic, selfish behavior.
Aditya Raj Sharma, 47, of Maple Grove, Minnesota—fake entrepreneur and apparent fan of swimming—was arrested and charged with...
Information technology contractor Cognosante, LLC will pay $19 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by overcharging the government under two GSA Multiple Award Schedule contracts. The settlement came after Cognosante disclosed to the U.S. that it provided false information concerning its commercial discounting practices during contract negotiations and, during contract performance, charged the government for labor that failed to meet the qualifications set forth in the contracts. DOJ; USAO DC
SEC makes its annual whistleblower report to Congress – SPOILER ALERT: BEST YEAR EVER!
We already know it has been a banner year for the Securities and Exchange Commission's Whistleblower Program (fiscal year ending September 30). As we previously reported, the record-breaking year included roughly $175 million in awards to 39 whistleblowers, with 15 awards in the month of September alone. And this does not even include the $114 million blockbuster award the Commission made just three weeks ago,...
Constantine Cannon attorney Hallie Noecker was quoted in the National Law Journal article, 'Whopper of a Factor': Pandemic Fueled Incoming Tips, and Clients, Whistleblower Lawyers Say. Click here to read more.
SEC Makes Whistleblower Award to Company Outsider
The Securities and Exchange Commission continues to demonstrate its strong commitment to the agency's whistleblower program. This past year was a record-breaking year by every measure, not the least of which was the roughly $175 million in awards the SEC doled out to 39 whistleblowers. And just three weeks ago, the SEC made its largest award ever of $114 million, shattering the previous record $50 million award...
Amidst the ongoing saga of the US national elections, Florida local elections may not have made much of a ripple. But one small scandal in the Sunshine State reveals a lot about the ongoing problem the US has with shell corporations and their hidden ownership structures.
The story is convoluted, as most shell company stories are. A political donor, Proclivity, who had never donated money in Florida before,...
Constantine Cannon settles with one defendant in case alleging bilking of the Medicare Advantage program. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington (formerly Group Health Cooperative) will pay $6.375M.
Teresa Ross, a whistleblower represented by Constantine Cannon, and the Department of Justice have reached a settlement with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington (formerly Group Health Cooperative or GHC). The Medicare Advantage Organization (MAO) has agreed to pay $6.375 million to resolve allegations that the insurance plan improperly collected money from the Medicare Advantage program by overstating how...
Constantine Cannon LLP Announces $6.375 Million Medicare Advantage Whistleblower Settlement with Group Health Cooperative
The settlement is the latest in a series of high profile Medicare Advantage fraud cases brought forward by whistleblowers.
Constantine Cannon LLP is pleased to announce that its whistleblower client’s claims have resulted in a $6.375 million settlement with Group Health Cooperative (GHC). The whistleblower exposed an alleged risk-adjustment scheme designed to artificially inflate the reimbursement provided under...