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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.

Top Ten SEC and CFTC Recoveries of 2023

Posted  01/24/24
Foreign Exchange Graph
It was an active year for fraud enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).  Though by no means was it a record year for either regulator in terms of big-ticket wins.  Aside from the CFTC's $1.7 billion recovery from South African crypto company Mirror Trading for foul play with foreign currency transactions, the balance of the Top-10 recoveries was...

Silver Lake Hospital and Investors Pay $30 Million to Settle Health Care Case

Posted  01/22/24
Medicare Card
Silver Lake Hospital, operating as Columbus LTACH in Newark, New Jersey, and certain investors recently agreed to pay a combined $30.6 million to settle False Claims Act allegations relating to Medicare payments and violations under the Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act (FDCPA). Silver Lake is a long-term care hospital a whistleblower alleged was claiming excessive "cost outlier" payments from Medicare, a...

Top Ten Whistleblower Recoveries for 2023

Posted  01/22/24
Top Ten Blue Stamp
2023 was another big year for whistleblowers, helping the government recover billions of dollars in dozens of fraud enforcement actions.  As usual, virtually all these whistleblower-prompted recoveries were under the government's three primary whistleblower rewards programs -- the False Claims Act, the SEC Whistleblower Program, and the CFTC Whistleblower Program.  Successful whistleblowers under each of these...

Top FCPA Recoveries of 2023

Posted  01/19/24
Mix of Foreign Currency Scattered Around
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) bars payments to foreign officials for any kind of business advantage, such as securing government contracts or other kinds of favorable business treatment.  The statute covers any form of consideration including gifts, meals, travel, and entertainment.  It also imposes strict record-keeping and internal control requirements to prevent falsifying company books and records...

SEC Goes After JP Morgan for Violating Whistleblower Protection Rule

Posted  01/18/24
J.P. Morgan Logo on Building
Add JP Morgan Securities to the ever-expanding list of companies the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has gone after for violating the agency's Whistleblower Protection Rule -- SEC Rule 21F-17(a).  This rule broadly prohibits companies from taking any action to impede or discourage whistleblowers from reporting suspected securities violations to the SEC.  Yesterday (January 16), the SEC announced the JP...

Top Ten SEC and CFTC Whistleblower Awards for 2023

Posted  01/16/24
Anonamous Person on Phone Pointing to Book with Charts and Numbers
It was a relatively quiet year for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in their payout of whistleblower awards under their respective whistleblower programs.  Under the SEC Program and CFTC Program -- both enacted under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act -- whistleblowers who provide information that leads to a successful government...

Catch of the Week: SAP SE

Posted  01/16/24
Briefcase Full of Money
This week's Department of Justice (DOJ) Catch of the Week goes to SAP SE (SAP).  On Wednesday (January 10), the German-based software company agreed to pay roughly $220 million to settle DOJ and SEC charges of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) through bribes to government officials in South Africa and Indonesia. The FCPA bars payments to foreign officials for any kind of business advantage, such...

Testing Lab and Owner/CEO Settle False Claims Act Case for $13.25 Million

Posted  01/12/24
Laboratory Analysis. Scientist Measuring Sample
RDx Bioscience Inc. (“RDx”), a clinical laboratory that operated in New Jersey, and its owner and CEO agreed to pay $13.25 million to settle a False Claims Act case alleging kickbacks and unnecessary testing schemes, according to a recent DOJ press release.  The press release also notes that RDx and its owner/CEO agreed to cooperate with the DOJ’s “investigations of, and litigation against, other participants...

Top Ten False Claims Act Recoveries in 2023

Posted  01/11/24
It was another big year for DOJ enforcement under the False Claims Act, the government's primary fraud-fighting tool. As usual, most of the recoveries were in the healthcare space with seven of the Top-10 involving various schemes to defraud Medicare and Medicaid. Several of these Top-10 recoveries involved enforcement actions targeting violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law, which prohibit medical...

Private Equity Firms Buying Healthcare Companies May Increase Risks to Patients and Lead to More Whistleblower Actions

Posted  01/8/24
Businessman Under Dark Shadow Pointing Finger
Private equity (PE) firms are in the hot seat, particularly when it comes to acquiring and investing in healthcare companies.  According to a recent CNN article, a research study published in JAMA found that “[h]ealth care became more hazardous for patients at hospitals purchased by private equity firms.”  This not only should concern patients and Government enforcers.  It also could be a harbinger of more...
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