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May 13, 2022

Hensel Phelps Construction Company has agreed to pay $2.8 million to resolve allegations of violating the False Claims Act in connection with a federal subcontract designated for service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB).  Under a 2011 contract with the General Services Administration to construct a building in Washington, D.C., Hensel Phelps was required to set aside subcontracts for SDVOSBs and other small businesses.  According to qui tam plaintiff Fox Unlimited Enterprises, LLP, the company instead made arrangements with another large business to provide equipment and installation services, and used a SDVOSB in name only.  USAO NDNY, USAO EDWA

May 13, 2022

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. and Mondelez Global LLC have been ordered to pay $16 million after being found to manipulate the prices of cash wheat and wheat futures, and holding wheat futures positions in excess of speculative position limits established by the CFTC.  The companies allegedly engaged in the scheme in order to lower cash wheat prices after they rose in the summer of 2011.  The misconduct earned the two companies over $5.4 million in profits.  CFTC

May 9, 2022

Prism Behavioral Solutions has agreed to pay $650,000 to resolve allegations of violating the federal and California False Claims Acts by billing California’s Medicaid program for services not provided to autistic children and young adults.  The whistleblower in this case, Diana Mason, is a behavioral analyst employed by Prism, and will receive a $170,000 share of the settlement.  USAO SDCA; CA AG

May 6, 2022

NVIDIA Corporation has agreed to a cease-and-desist order and to pay a $5.5 million penalty for violations of the Securities Act and the disclosure provisions of the Securities Exchange Act. NVIDIA failed to disclose cryptomining as a significant element of its material revenue growth, depriving investors of critical information related to the investment’s volatility. SEC

May 6, 2022

The SEC awarded $3.5 million to 4 whistleblowers in a single covered action. Three joint whistleblowers provided staff with information that caused a new investigation to be opened, and a fourth whistleblower provided analytical insights of publicly available information that focused the staff’s attention on new allegations that advanced the investigation. SEC

May 5, 2022

Robert Narvett will spend 15 years in prison for wire fraud and money laundering. Narvett, of Appleton, WI, defrauded nearly 70 different victims of over $2 million, in the end ruining credit scores, rendering victims unable to afford basic life necessities, and having to return to the workforce after retiring. USAO EDWI

May 5, 2022

Kohl’s and Walmart will pay $5.5 million in penalties for alleged violations of the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act, Textile Rules, and FTC Act for deceptively advertising rayon products as being made of bamboo, for falsely attesting to their environmentally-friendly qualities. They engaged in this behavior despite being warned by the FTC in 2010 that advertising rayon products as bamboo products violated the Textile Rules and FTC Act. DOJ

May 5, 2022

SHC Home Health Services of Florida, LLC, a/k/a Signature HomeNow paid $2.1 million for False Claims Act violations. Between 2013 and 2017, Signature HomeNow submitted false Medicare claims for home health services to patients who either were not homebound, did not require certain skilled care, did not have a valid or appropriate plan of care in place, and/or didn’t have the requisite face-to-face encounters for appropriate certification. USAO WDKY; USAO SDFL

May 5, 2022

Arthur Hayes, Benjamin Delo, and Samuel Reed, co-founders of BitMEX, were ordered to pay $30 million for AML violations and for illegally operating a cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform. From late 2014 through 2020, the defendants failed to implement and enforce preventative controls against unlawful conduct. BitMEX operated without CFTC approval to operate as a Designated Contract Market or a Swap Execution Facility. Further, BitMEX operated without registration as a Futures Commission Merchant, failed to implement a Customer Information Program, did not employ proper KYC procedures, and failed to implement an adequate AML program. CFTC
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