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June 24, 2015

Dr. Alon Vanier and nurse Daniel Barbir will receive a very sizeable whistleblower award from the $450 million DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc. agreed to pay to settle charges it violated the False Claims Act by purposely creating and then billing the government for unnecessary waste in administering the drugs Zemplar and Venofer to dialysis patients.

June 9, 2015

Josh Harman will receive a whistleblower award of nearly $19 million from the $663 million highway guardrail maker Trinity Industries was ordered to pay for violating the False Claims Act by defrauding the Federal Highway Administration by making a critical change to the dimensions of its ET-Plus guardrail in 2005, but failing to tell federal regulators as required by law.  NYT

June 5, 2015

Former DC Public Schools employee Jeffrey Mills will receive a yet-to-be-determined whistleblower award from the $19.4 million paid by Chartwells, a division of Compass Group USA, Inc. and Thompson Hospitality Services LLC to settle charges the company violated the False Claims Act by overcharging DC public schools in connection with its school lunch program contracts.  DC

April 2, 2015

Medical device maker Medtronic plc and affiliated Medtronic companies,Medtronic Inc., Medtronic USA Inc., and Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA Inc., agreed to pay $4.41 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by making false statements to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense regarding the country of origin of certain Medtronic products sold to the US.  Specifically, the government charged Medtronic with selling to the VA and DoD products it certified would be made in the US or other designated countries when in fact they were manufactured in China and Malaysia, which are prohibited countries under the Trade Agreements Act of 1979.  The allegations were first raised in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by three unidentified whistleblowers under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. They will receive a whistleblower award of $749,700Whistleblower Insider

March 19, 2015

Bank of New York Mellon agreed to pay $714 million to settle charges the bank engaged in fraud and other misconduct when providing foreign exchange (“FX”) services to its customers.  As part of the settlements with the US and New York, BNYM admitted that contrary to representations to clients that it provided “best rates” and “best execution” for FX transactions, the Bank actually gave clients the worst reported interbank rates of the trading day.  The charges originated in a lawsuit brought by a whistleblower under the New York False Claims Act.

March 19, 2015

Dr. Michael Montejo, a radiation oncologist and former employee of Florida Oncology Network P.A, will receive a whistleblower award of $1,082,500 from the $5,412,502 settlement resolving allegations Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare Corporation violated the False Claims Act by providing radiation oncology services to Medicare and TRICARE beneficiaries that were not directly supervised by radiation oncologists or similarly qualified persons.  DOJ

February 6, 2015

Minnesota-based medical device manufacturer Medtronic Inc. agreed to pay $2.8M to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by causing physicians to submit false claims to federal health care programs for investigational medical procedures known as “SubQ stimulations” that were not reimbursable. According to the government, Medtronic improperly promoted the procedure and the use of its spinal cord stimulation devices for the procedure even though its safety and efficacy had not been established by the FDA. The charges were first raised in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by former Medtronic sales representative Jason Nickell. He will receive a whistleblower award of $602,000. DOJ

December 8, 2014

Supreme Foodservice pleaded guilty and paid $288 million for overcharging the government on a contract to provide food and water to the U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  In addition, Supreme Group B.V. and several of its subsidiaries agreed to pay an additional $146 million to resolve a related civil lawsuit alleging false billings to the Department of Defense for fuel and transporting cargo to American soldiers in Afghanistan. Michael Epp, former Director, Commercial Division and Supply Chain for Supreme Group, will receive a whistleblower award of $16.2 million.  DOJ

October 22, 2014

DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc., one of the leading providers of dialysis services in the United States, agreed to pay $400 million to resolve claims it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks for patient referrals to its dialysis clinics through its use of a sophisticated three-part joint venture business model to induce patient referrals to its clinics..  David Barbetta, former Senior Financial Analyst for DaVita, will receive an undisclosed whistleblower award. DOJ

October 10, 2014

Boeing entered in to a settlement that resolved allegations the aircraft maker improperly charged for labor costs under contracts with the U.S. Air Force for the maintenance and repair of C-17 Globemaster aircraft, one of the military’s major systems for transporting troops and cargo throughout the world.  Specifically, the government charged Boeing with intentionally billing the Air Force for a variety of labor costs in violation of applicable contract requirements, including for time its mechanics spent at meetings not directly related to the contracts. Boeing agreed to pay $23 million to resolve the matter. The settlement resolves allegations originally brought in a whistleblower lawsuit brought by present and former Boeing employees Clinton Craddock, Fred Van Shoubrouek, Anthony Rico and Fernando de la Garza. They will receive a combined whistleblower award of $3.9 million. DOJ

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