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Whistleblower Insider is written by the Constantine Cannon law firm team of experienced qui tam and whistleblower lawyers. It is updated regularly to provide the latest whistleblower and fraud news and developments.

SEC Makes $37 Million Whistleblower Award

Posted  07/18/24
Yesterday (July 17), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an award of roughly $37 million "to a whistleblower who provided information not previously known to the SEC and which significantly contributed to a successful enforcement action." Given the strict confidentiality the SEC maintains with its whistleblowers, the agency neither identified the whistleblower nor the enforcement action to which the...

Hospice Care for Who? Kindred and Related Entities Settle for $19.M  

Posted  07/18/24
Yesterday the DOJ announced that Gentiva, the successor to Kindred at Home, has agreed to a settlement of roughly $19.5 million. This resolution addresses allegations that Kindred, and its related entities violated the False Claims Act by billing the government for unnecessary hospice services and improperly retained overpayments. The accusations spanned a decade, involving numerous patients who were ineligible for...

Armstrong Group Settles False Claims Allegations

Posted  07/16/24
Armstrong Group, a major northeastern cable television, telecommunications and internet service provider based in Butler, Pennsylvania, has agreed to pay $6.5 million to settle allegations under the False Claims Act concerning its participation in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) High-Cost Program. This program, part of the Universal Service Fund (USF), aims to ensure equitable access to modern...

Rite Aid Settles Allegations Over Improper Opioid Dispensing

Posted  07/16/24

Rite Aid Corporation, one of the biggest names in the retail pharmacy industry, has reached a settlement following allegations of improper practices related to opioid dispensing. This settlement, announced by the U.S. Department of Justice, involves a total payment of $7.5 million to resolve claims under the False Claims Act  and Controlled Substances Act (CSA). 

From 2014 to 2019, Rite Aid allegedly dispensed...

Clermont Labs Settle for $2.45M Over False Claims Act Violations 

Posted  07/16/24
Scientist Testing a Specimen
Last week, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida announced a $2.45 million settlement with three Clermont-based laboratories: Vista Clinical Diagnostics, LLC; Access Dermpath, Inc.; and Advanced Clinical Laboratories, Inc. The settlement resolves allegations that the labs submitted manipulated diagnosis codes to Medicare and Medicaid, violating the False Claims Act.  For nearly 5 years, the...

In Their Own Words.... Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco 

Posted  07/11/24
“Our message to whistleblowers is clear: The Department of Justice wants to hear from you. And to those considering a voluntary self-disclosure, our message is equally clear: Knock on our door before we knock on yours.” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco from the Washington Post article on the soon-to-be-launched DOJ white-collar crime whistleblower rewards program.  Stay tuned!

Paxful Inc. Co-Founder Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Charges Over Anti-Money Laundering Failures 

Posted  07/10/24
Artur Schaback, the co-founder, and former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Paxful Inc., pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy charges related to his failure to maintain an effective anti-money laundering (AML) program. There are significant efforts being made to regulate virtual currency platforms and ensure compliance with the financial laws.  The conspiracy consists of consciously failing to establish,...

Former Executives Sentenced for $1B Corporate Fraud Scheme  

Posted  07/9/24
Last week, three former executives of Outcome Health, a Chicago-based health technology start-up, were sentenced for a massive fraud scheme in which they deceived clients, lenders, and investors, resulting in approximately $1 billion in fraudulently obtained funds.   Rishi Shah, 38, co-founder and former CEO of Outcome Health, received a sentence of seven years and six months in prison. Shradha Agarwal, 38,...

Opioid Exploitation: Doctor and Staff Charged with Conspiracy and Fraud

Posted  07/8/24
In Saint Louis, Dr. David A. Parks along with his clinical manager and spouse, James M. Bilderback, and front desk staffer Michelle J. Scheer, face serious allegations of conspiracy and health care fraud. Indicted by the U.S. District Court, the three are accused of illegal prescription practices and fraudulent activities aimed to profit from controlled substances and fraudulent medical billing.
The...

VNS Health: $1M Settlement for Failing To Provide Services to Hospice Patients

Posted  07/3/24
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York announced a substantial settlement with Visiting Nurse Service of New York (formerly VNSNY, now VNS Health) and its related entities. This settlement addresses allegations of fraudulent billing practices that undermined the Medicaid program meant to support some of the most vulnerable patients like those in hospice.  VNS Health is one of the largest...
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