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Catch of the Week: NextGen Healthcare

Posted  07/14/23
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This week's Department of Justice (DOJ) Catch of the Week goes to electronic health record (EHR) technology vendor NextGen Healthcare Inc.  Today, DOJ announced the company has agreed to pay $31 million to settle charges it violated the False Claims Act by misrepresenting to the government the capabilities of its EHR software and providing kickbacks to its users to induce them to recommend NextGen’s software.  The...

Bank of America to Pay $250 Million over Junk Fees and Fake Accounts

Posted  07/13/23
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Government regulators this week ordered Bank of America to pay $250 million for engaging in a string of illegal banking practices that harmed hundreds of thousands of consumers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) accused Bank of America of double-dipping on junk fees, withholding promised credit card rewards, and opening fake credit card accounts. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)...

In Their Own Words. . . . Senator Chuck Grassley

Posted  07/11/23
"The cornerstone of the United States government is accountability to the people it serves. Whistleblowers put their jobs and reputations on the line to uphold that bedrock principle. . . .  Protecting whistleblowers is good government, plain and simple, and that’s something we can all get behind." Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), in his press release announcing his bipartisan resolution -- co-sponsored with...

Beware of Salty Snacks and Candy Containing THC

Posted  07/7/23
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On Wednesday (July 5), the FTC and FDA jointly issued cease and desist letters to several companies selling various food products containing THC, the key psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.  In announcing the enforcement action, the government made it clear the problem is not the sale of these products.  It is how they are selling them, which according to the agencies is in almost identical packaging to many...

Expanded Connecticut State False Claims Act is Win for Whistleblowers

Posted  07/7/23
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Whistleblowers take note: the Connecticut State False Claims Act (CT FCA) has been significantly expanded beyond healthcare fraud claims. Historically, the CT FCA was limited to fraud on Medicaid and other programs within health and human services. The amended statute now reaches fraud across a variety of sectors, such as government contracting, education, employment, immigration, housing, mortgage and insurance...

Survey Says . . . Whistleblowers Are Key to Global Compliance

Posted  07/6/23
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A crucial component of any business is managing compliance risk.  An effective compliance program must include a clear and transparent path for whistleblowers to report risk while mitigating fears of retaliation.  These are the key take-aways in this year’s 2023 Global compliance risk benchmark survey by KPMG and White & Case.¹ Based on the opinions of 201 senior decision-makers across 34 countries, the survey...

After 12 Years of Litigation, Constantine Cannon Settles the Largest Iraq War Fraud Case Ever

Posted  07/6/23
In the largest settlement of a case alleging fraud during the Iraq War, KBR Services has agreed to pay $108.75 million to resolve a whistleblower case brought by two Constantine Cannon clients under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  The settlement followed 12 years of litigation, during which KBR and its lawyers fought every step of the way. While the size and scope alone make the settlement...

Scoundrel Spotlight - Eric Goldstein

Posted  07/6/23
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This week's Scoundrel In the Spotlight is Eric Goldstein, the former head of the New York City Department of Education (DOE) Office of School Support Services.  Last Wednesday (June 28), a federal jury in Brooklyn convicted him -- along with the three founders of the SOMMA Food Group -- for bribery and extortion relating to the New York City school lunch program.  According to the DOJ press release announcing the...

CFTC Targets Cybersecurity and Environmental Fraud

Posted  07/6/23
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Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced the creation of two new task forces.  One is the Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies Task Force, to address fraud relating to cybersecurity and other emerging technologies.  The other is the Environmental Fraud Task Force, to go after environmental fraud and misconduct in derivatives and relevant spot markets.  The CFTC is the federal agency...

Catch of the Week: National Health Care Fraud Sweep

Posted  06/30/23
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This week's Department of Justice (DOJ) Catch of the Week goes to the 78 individuals criminally charged with participating in health care fraud and opioid abuse schemes across the country.  On Wednesday, DOJ announced the "strategically coordinated, two-week nationwide law enforcement action" it brought with federal and state law enforcement partners, which targeted misconduct resulting in over $2.5 billion in...
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