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DOJ Enforcement Actions

The Department of Justice is the principal federal agency authorized to enforce the laws and defend the interests of the United States. As such, it oversees the enforcement of the False Claims Act, the foundation of the American whistleblower system, as well as numerous other laws.

The agency traces its origins to the Judiciary Act of 1789 which created the Office of the Attorney General, and the 1870 Act to Establish the Department of Justice, which established the agency as “an executive department of the government of the United States” with the Attorney General as its head.

The agency is comprised of numerous divisions with the Civil Division and in some instances, the Criminal Division, overseeing investigations and prosecutions under the False Claims Act. The U.S. Attorneys Office of the federal district where the False Claims Act case is filed also plays a key role in False Claims Act enforcement.

Below are summaries of recent DOJ settlements or successful resolutions under the False Claims Act as well as other successful prosecutions for fraud and misconduct. If you believe you have information about fraud which could give  rise to a claim for a whistleblower reward, please contact us to speak with one of our experienced whistleblower attorneys.

January 7, 2014

Dr. Ravi Sharma, owner and operator of Premier Vein Centers, agreed to pay $400,000 to resolve allegations that he and his clinics violated the False Claims Act by knowingly billing Medicare for vein injections and physician office visits performed by unqualified personnel. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

December 31, 2013

St. James Healthcare and its parent company, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, agreed to pay $3.85M to resolve allegations that they violated the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law and the False Claims Act by improperly providing financial benefits to physicians and physician groups that made referrals to the hospital. DOJ

December 27, 2013

Abbott Labs agreed to pay $5.5M to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to induce doctors to use the company’s vascular products. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act.DOJ

December 20, 2013

Genzyme Corp. agreed to pay $22.3M to resolve allegations that it marketed, and caused false claims to be submitted to federal and state health care programs for use of a “slurry” version of its Seprafilm adhesion barrier. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

December 19, 2013

Dr. Elie Korban will pay $1.2M to resolve False Claims Act allegations that he billed Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary cardiac stent placements. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

December 9, 2013

Northrop Grumman paid $11.4M to resolve False Claims Act allegations stemming from its failure to abide by a 2002 settlement agreement with the Defense Contract Management Agency. The government alleged that Northrop charged to its federal contracts certain costs for deferred compensation awards to key employees, even though it had promised not to do so as part of the earlier 2002 settlement. DOJ

December 2, 2013

Caremark agreed to pay $4.25M to settle allegations that it knowingly failed to reimburse Medicaid for prescription drug costs paid on behalf of Medicaid beneficiaries, who also were eligible for drug benefits under Caremark-administered private health plans. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

November 21, 2013

Vantage Oncology agreed to pay $2M to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicare for radiation oncology services performed at its Illinois centers from 2007 through June 2012. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

November 19, 2013

The Ensign Group agreed to pay $48M to resolve allegations that it knowingly submitted to Medicare false claims for medically unnecessary rehabilitation therapy services. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

November 19, 2013

FreshPoint Inc. agreed to pay $4M to resolve allegations that it overcharged the Department of Defense for fresh fruit and vegetables purchased under 15 separate contracts. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

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