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Whistleblower Successes

Whistleblower reward laws and whistleblower reward programs enable qualifying whistleblowers to recover anywhere from 10 to 30 percent of the government’s recovery. These whistleblower reward laws include: the federal False Claims Act; State False Claims Acts; the Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower Program; the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Whistleblower Program; and, the Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Program. We have collected summaries of recent successes in cases brought by whistleblowers, and you can read them below.

Members of the Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Lawyer Team have served as lead counsel on cases that have recovered roughly $1.3 billion for the government and $240 million in whistleblower awards. You can read more about the results we have achieved for our clients in Our Successes.

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.

July 16, 2021

Florida Neurological Center, LLC and its owner Dr. Lance Kim have agreed to settle a whistleblower-brought suit and pay $800,000 to resolve allegations of defrauding Medicare.  The qui tam suit by Michael Singbush, Andrea Herrera, and Harvey Kessler Meyer, IV alleged that Dr. Kim prescribed medically unnecessary prescription drugs, which cost Medicare $35,000 each time it was prescribed.  For their role in the successful enforcement action, the whistleblowers will share in a $144,000 award.  USAO MDFL

June 28, 2021

Surgical Care Affiliates, LLC and Orlando Center for Outpatient Surgery, LP have agreed to pay $3.4 million to resolve a whistleblower’s allegations that they billed Medicare and TRICARE for medically unnecessary kidney stone procedures.  The centers also engaged in an illegal kickback arrangement whereby urologist Dr. Patrick Hunter performed lithotripsy procedures in exchange for per-procedure payments from the Orlando Center.  For bringing a successful action, whistleblower Scott Thompson will receive a relator’s share of $748,000 from the settlement with SCA and the Orlando Center.  USAO MDFL

July 6, 2021

Defense contractor AAR Corp. and its subsidiary, AAR Airlift Group Inc., have agreed to pay $11 million to resolve allegations of knowingly failing to maintain U.S. military aircrafts in accordance with U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) contracts.  The alleged False Claims Act violations involved nine helicopters that were deemed not airworthy and not mission capable as a result of the failures.  A former Airlift employee who filed the underlying qui tam complaint, Christopher Harvey, will receive over $2 million as part of the settlement.  USAO SDIL

June 24, 2021

A whistleblower whose information and ongoing assistance led to multiple SEC enforcement actions has been awarded more than $1 million.  According to the agency, the whistleblower played a critical role in the enforcement actions by prompting the investigation and saving the agency significant time and resources.  SEC

June 21, 2021

The SEC has issued awards totaling nearly $5.3 million to whistleblowers whose information caused the SEC to launch investigations that ultimately resulted in successful enforcement actions.  In the first award, a whistleblower received nearly $4 million for extraordinary assistance, including providing documents, identifying witnesses, and participating in hours of interviews.  In the second award, three whistleblowers received about $1.3 million for providing ongoing assistance that conserved agency time and resources.  SEC

June 14, 2021

The SEC has awarded approximately $3 million to two whistleblowers whose separate tips led to a successful enforcement action.  According to the press release, the first whistleblower’s early tip helped agency staff develop its case and focus its resources, while the second whistleblower helped uncover misappropriated funds and fraudulent transfers.  SEC

June 3, 2021

A Department of Energy (DOE) prime contractor responsible for cleaning up a decommissioned nuclear production complex in Washington State has agreed to pay over $3 million to resolve alleged False Claims Act violations involving false and fraudulent small business subcontract reports.  Whistleblower Salina Savage and her company, Savage Logistics LLC, had alleged that CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) knowingly misrepresented two of its subcontractors, Indian Eyes, LLC and Phoenix-ABC A Joint Venture, as businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones) in order to meet contract requirements and obtain reimbursements totaling hundreds of millions of dollars from DOE.  As a result of bringing a successful enforcement action, Savage and her company will receive a relator’s share of approximately $865,000.  USAO EDWA

June 2, 2021

The SEC awarded $23 million to two individuals who voluntarily provided information as whistleblowers that led to recoveries by the SEC and another federal agency in related enforcement actions. Information provided by the first whistleblower, who received approximately $13 million, initiated the investigations.  The second whistleblower, who waited several years before coming forward, provided additional information that substantially contributed, and was awarded approximately $10 million.  Both provided ongoing assistance to the Commission and the other agency, providing documents, participating in interviews, and identifying key individuals and systems involved in the investigations.  SEC

May 27, 2021

An anonymous individual received and SEC whistleblower award of $4.2 million.  According to the SEC, the individual voluntarily provided detailed, original information that caused the Commission to open an investigation that led to a successful enforcement action.  During the investigation, the individual met with investigative staff on multiple occasions, identified key players, and provided additional helpful information and documents.  A second claimant was denied an award; Commission staff stated that they had not communicated with or used any information provided by that claimant.  SEC
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