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Top Ten Lists

Every January, Whistleblower Insider looks back at the significant government enforcement actions of the past year. Our Top Ten lists highlight the biggest recoveries and significant enforcement efforts by different government actors in cases involving fraud against federal and state governments, financial fraud, tax fraud, and environmental fraud.

Top-10 Prison Sentences For Medicare Fraud In 2015

Posted  01/5/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Here is our look-back at the top-10 prison sentences for Medicare fraud in 2015.

10.  SYLVIA WALTER-EZE -- The former owner of medical equipment supply company Ezcor Medical Supply was sentenced to 97 months (and to pay roughly $2 million in restitution) for billing more than $3.5 million to Medicare and Medi-Cal for products not medically necessary and paying illegal...

Top-10 Whistleblower Successes For 2015

Posted  01/5/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Here is our look-back at the top-10 whistleblower successes under the False Claims Act for 2015 (based on amounts recovered).

10.  COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS -- Robert Baker, former revenue manager of Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation, received a whistleblower reward of roughly $18.7 million from the $75 million False Claims Act...

Top-10 DOJ Fraud Recoveries For 2015

Posted  01/4/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Here is our look-back at the top-10 Department of Justice fraud recoveries for 2015.

     10.  NOVARTIS -- The pharmaceutical giant agreed to pay $390 million to resolve charges it violated the False Claims Act by giving kickbacks to specialty pharmacies in return for recommending two of its drugs, Exjade and Myfortic.

     9.  BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON -- The bank...

Top-10 DOJ False Claims Act Recoveries For 2015

Posted  01/4/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Here is our look-back at the top-10 Department of Justice False Claims Act recoveries for 2015.

     10.  TUOMEY HEALTHCARE -- The South Carolina-based hospital system agreed to pay $72.4 million to settle charges of billing Medicare for services referred by physicians with whom the hospital had improper financial relationships.

     9.  COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS -- The...

Top-20 False Claims Act and DOJ Fraud Settlements for 2014

Posted  01/5/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Here is our look-back at the top-20 False Claims Act and other DOJ fraud settlements for 2014. 20.  OtisMed Corp. -- The medical products manufacturer and its former CEO agreed to pay more than $80 million for distributing knee replacement surgery cutting guides (called the OtisKnee) after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had rejected their application for marketing...

Top-10 FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) Settlements for 2014

Posted  01/5/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Here is our look-back at the top-10 FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) settlements for 2014. 10.  Bruker Corp. -- The Massachusetts-based manufacturer of scientific instruments agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle charges of providing non-business related travel and improper payments to various Chinese government officials in an effort to win business there. Click here...

Top-10 Whistleblower Law Decisions for 2014

Posted  01/5/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Here is our look-back at the top-10 whistleblower law decisions for 2014. 10.  SOX Whistleblower Reach -- What it takes to make out a whistleblower retaliation claim under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act got a little clearer thanks to the Second Circuit decision in Nielsen v. AECOM Technology Corp. There, the Court wrestled with exactly what kind of complaint a whistleblower needs to...

Top-10 Whistleblower Developments of 2014

Posted  01/5/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Here is our look-back at the top-10 whistleblower developments for 2014. 10.  IRS Whistleblowers -- The IRS issued final rules designed to improve and expand the reach of its whistleblower program.  Given the program’s somewhat lackluster results to date, change was certainly needed.  But only time will tell whether these rules go far enough.  9. CFTC...

Top-10 Public Health Issues of 2013

Posted  12/31/13
By Gordon Schnell As we usher in the New Year with hopeful anticipation of all the positive public health developments that await us in 2014, here is a look-back at 2013 and our Top-10 listing of public health issues in the spotlight. 10. Herbal Supplements.  The herbal supplement trade has grown into a multi-billion dollar business because these alternative remedies offer the promise of treating the old...

Top-10 Whistleblower Developments of 2013

Posted  12/31/13
By Gordon Schnell There has been a great deal of activity this year in the wild world of whistleblowing -- some of it good; some of it bad; much of it still waiting to unfold.  Here is our listing of 2013’s Top-10 whistleblower developments, many of which we surely will be wrestling with in 2014. 10. UK Whistleblowers.  The United Kingdom seems to be moving in the direction of serious whistleblower...
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