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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.

February 19, 2020

The SEC has awarded two whistleblowers a total of almost $3 million for alerting the agency to misconduct.  The first award of over $2.2 million went to an individual whose information helped bring a successful enforcement action to an open investigation.  The second award of almost $700,000 went to an individual whose tip about a fraudulent reporting scheme helped launch an investigation.  SEC

January 28, 2021

Electronic health records vendor athenahealth Inc. will pay $18.25 million to resolve claims brought in two separate whistleblower actions alleging that certain Athena marketing programs provided unlawful remuneration to healthcare providers and others to induce providers to purchase Athena’s EHR systems.  Remuneration to current and prospective customers included all-expenses paid trips to sporting, entertainment, and recreational events, as well as cash payments to customers who referred others to Athena.  In addition, Athena paid other EHR vendors who referred clients to Athena when they were discontinuing their own EHR products and services. The kickbacks allegedly improperly generated sales for Athena while causing healthcare providers to submit false claims to the federal government for incentive payments related to the adoption and “meaningful use” of Athena’s EHR technology. The whistleblowers, Geordie Sanborn, Cheryl Lovell, and William McKusick, will receive a share of the total settlement that remains to be determined.  DOJ; USAO Mass

January 22, 2021

The estate of Dr. Patrick T. Hunter has agreed to pay more than $1.7 million to resolve allegations that the urologist, who passed away in 2019, submitted false claims to Medicare and TRICARE for medically unnecessary procedures and received improper payments for them from the Orlando Center for Outpatient Surgery.  Between 2010 and 2016, Dr. Hunter allegedly performed the lithotripsy procedures, which break up kidney stones, on patients who either did not have kidney stones or were not medically indicated for them.  For initiating the successful qui tam suit, whistleblower Scott Thompson will receive a relator’s share of $385,000.  USAO MDFL

January 12, 2020

Boeing-owned drone maker Insitu Inc. has agreed to pay $25 million to resolve a whistleblower-brought suit alleging violations of the False Claims Act.  According to D.R. O’Hara, a former executive at Insitu, the company knowingly submitted cost and pricing data for new parts, but used recycled parts to build drones being supplied to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Special Operations Command on seven contracts.  The alleged misconduct ran from 2009 to 2017.  For exposing the fraudulent scheme, Mr. O’Hara will receive $4.6 million of the settlement proceeds.  USAO WDWA

January 7, 2021

The SEC has awarded five whistleblowers more than $1.1 million for providing information that led to three successful enforcement actions.  The first order credited three whistleblowers with information and assistance that led to two related enforcement actions; the three were awarded nearly $500,000.  The second order awarded nearly $600,000 to an individual who reported concerns internally before providing extensive assistance to SEC investigators.  The third order awarded over $100,000 to an individual who provided independent analysis of publicly available documents; this is the fifth such whistleblower this fiscal year who has granted an award.  SEC

December 21, 2020

Substance abuse treatment provider A.R.E.B.A.-CASRIEL, Inc. d/b/a Addiction Care Interventions Chemical Dependency Treatment Centers (“ACI”) and its owner, Steven Yohay, agreed to pay a total of $6 million to resolve federal and New York state claims that they defrauded Medicaid including through the payment of kickbacks and other fraudulent conduct in connection with the enrollment of Medicaid beneficiaries into ACI’s inpatient treatment program.  Defendants allegedly employed drivers who were compensated in part based on the number of patients they recruited, to target homeless individuals to enroll in ACI’s inpatient treatment program by offering food, cash, and money to purchase drugs, and/or alcohol. In addition, ACI unlawfully paid a patient recruiter, and enrolled Medicaid patients who had not been evaluated by a qualified healthcare professional, including by copying a physician’s signature.  The government’s investigation was initiated by a whistleblower complaint filed by a former employee, who will receive an undisclosed amount of the settlement.  USAO SDNY; NY
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