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Top Ten Non-Healthcare False Claims Act Recoveries of 2022

Posted  01/27/23
This year’s Top Ten Non-Healthcare False Claims Act Recoveries exhibit the False Claim Act’s (FCA) enduring ability to combat corporate misconduct across distinct industries.  In 2022, the United States recovered hundreds of millions in taxpayer funds falsely obtained by defendants through bribery and bid-rigging schemes, mortgage underwriting fraud, fraudulent loan applications, fraud in the energy sector, and...

January 20, 2023

DePuy Synthes, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson that manufactures medical devices, has agreed to pay $9.75 million to resolve allegations of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid.  According to former sales representative Aleksej Gusakovs, DePuy gave a Massachusetts-based orthopedic surgeon thousands of dollars’ worth of free implants and instruments for use in overseas surgeries.  The illegal kickbacks induced the surgeon to use DePuy products in surgeries performed in the United States, and caused false claims to be submitted to Medicare and the Massachusetts Medicaid program.  As the whistleblower in a successful qui tam action, Gusakovs will receive a $1.37 million share of the settlement.  DOJ

January 19, 2023

Cryptocurrency company Nexo Capital Inc. has agreed to pay $22.5 million and comply with a cease and desist order in order to settle SEC charges of failing to register the offer and sale of its retail crypto asset lending product.  The company has agreed to pay another $22.5 million and comply with additional terms in order to settle similar charges in California, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.  As part of those additional terms, Nexo must notify all remaining U.S. investors to withdraw all remaining assets from Nexo’s platform by April 2023.  SEC, AG NY

Top Ten State Fraud Recoveries of 2022

Posted  01/19/23
State and local governments play a critical role in ensuring that businesses and individuals are held accountable if they commit healthcare fraud, financial fraud, government contract fraud, and more. For whistleblowers, state governments can offer additional opportunities to report wrongdoing. Where government funds are at stake – and state and local government spending reaching $3 trillion annually – more...

Top Ten FCPA Recoveries of 2022

Posted  01/13/23
International Currency
In recent years, the United States government has recovered billions of dollars going after companies that bribe foreign officials in order to further their business interests, a practice that violates the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Two principal United States government agencies, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, investigate and prosecute FCPA violations. Whistleblowers...

Top Ten Money Laundering Enforcement Actions of 2022

Posted  01/10/23
person following a trail of money
2022 was a big year for money-laundering enforcement.  It marked the first full year that the new FinCEN money laundering whistleblower office was up and running.  And, even more remarkably, by the end of the year, the FinCEN program expanded to welcome whistleblowers with information related to sanctions violations after Constantine Cannon attorneys called for this legal change following the Russian invasion of...

Top Ten Healthcare Fraud Recoveries of 2022

Posted  01/6/23
Healthcare fraud image showing stethoscope with gavel
Consistent with the trend in prior years, 2022 saw government enforcement agencies taking aim at fraud and false claims in healthcare.  As the cost of healthcare rises along with its share of the U.S. economy, the enforcement focus on healthcare fraud is likely to accelerate. And, as always, the role of whistleblowers will be critical, as demonstrated by the dominance of cases originated by whistleblowers under the...
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