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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.

February 10, 2014

SelfRefind, a chain of addiction treatment clinics in Kentucky, and related entities and individuals, agreed to pay $15.75M to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims to Medicare and Kentucky’s Medicaid program for tests that were medically unnecessary, more expensive than those performed or billed in violation of the Stark Law. DOJ

February 10, 2014

Phillip Murphy, former managing director of Bank of America’s municipal derivatives products desk, pleaded guilty for his participation in a conspiracy related to bidding for contracts for the investment of municipal bond proceeds and other municipal finance contracts. DOJ

February 7, 2014

Sanborn Map Company agreed to pay $2.1M to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims in connection with U. S. Army Corps of Engineers contracts for photogrammetric mapping and geographic information system services. The allegations were first raised in a qui tamlawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

February 4, 2014

JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay $614M for violating the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and underwriting non-compliant mortgage loans submitted for insurance coverage and guarantees by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

February 3, 2014

Las Vegas attorney Barry Levinson pleaded guilty for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud for his role in multiple schemes to defraud his clients and the IRS and to fraudulently gain control of condominium homeowners’ associations in the Las Vegas area to ensure they would steer business to a certain law firm and construction company. He is the 30th person to plead guilty in connection with the scheme to defraud HOAs in the Las Vegas area. DOJ

February 3, 2014

Louis Duluc, former owner and operator of multiple physical therapy rehabilitation facilities, pleaded guilty for conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud for his role in organizing and leading a $28M Medicare fraud scheme involving physical and occupational therapy services.DOJ

January 29, 2014

Saint Joseph Health System agreed to pay $16.5 million to resolve allegations that Saint Joseph Hospital violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to the Medicare and Kentucky Medicaid programs for a variety of medically unnecessary cardiac procedures. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

January 24, 2014

Tennessee Orthopedic Clinics and Appalachian Orthopedic Clinics agreed to pay a combined $1.85M to resolve state and federal False Claims Act allegations that they knowingly billed state and federal health care programs for reimported osteoarthritis medications. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

January 23, 2014

GE Hitachi agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that it made false statements and claims to the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission concerning an advanced nuclear reactor design. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

January 17, 2014

RehabCare Group and other contract therapy providers agreed to pay $30 million to resolve claims that they violated the False Claims Act by engaging in a kickback scheme related to the illegal referral of nursing home business. 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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