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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. You can also review our annual Top Ten Lists.

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 hundreds of millions 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.

January 21, 2022

A whistleblower received an award of $1.5 million, with the SEC finding that the individual voluntarily provided new and original information as well as substantial assistance during the course of the government’s investigation.  The information helped Commission staff formulate their investigative strategy, saved government time and resources, and significantly contributed to the success of a government investigation.   SEC

January 21, 2022

A whistleblower received an award of $1.8 million, with the SEC finding that the individual voluntarily provided original information that led the SEC to open an investigation that was directly based on the whistleblower’s information.  The SEC further noted that the individual had also reported the misconduct internally in a timely manner, had suffered hardship as a result of reporting, and had provided substantial ongoing assistance during the government’s investigation.   SEC

January 21, 2022

Two unidentified whistleblowers were jointly awarded $37 million based on findings that they voluntarily provided key evidence to the government, which significantly contributed to the government’s understanding of the underlying wrong, and provided ongoing assistance during the government’s investigation.  The award is based on amounts recovered in a successful enforcement action by the SEC, as well as a separate related action by a different, unidentified, agency.  SEC

January 10, 2022

The SEC has issued two awards totaling more than $4 million to three whistleblowers whose information and assistance helped bring about two successful enforcement actions.  In the first order, a single whistleblower who reported internally before providing significant new information to the agency on an existing investigation was awarded $2.6 million.  According to the SEC, the misconduct occurred overseas and would have been difficult to detect without the whistleblower’s tip.  In the second order, two whistleblowers received a joint award of $1.5 million for providing substantial ongoing assistance.  SEC

December 15, 2021

David Bellamah, and his business, Bellamah Vein & Surgery, PLLC, will pay $3.75 million to resolve allegations that they billed government healthcare programs for medically unnecessary venous procedures based on false medical records.  Defendants allegedly used improper techniques to conduct and analyze ultrasounds and used false ultrasound findings to diagnoses and treat venous reflux disease and varicose veins. The government’s claims were initiated by the filing a qui tam complaint by Lenore Lezanne, who previously worked as a sonographer at the Bellamah Vein Center; Lezane will receive a whistleblower award of 17% of the amounts recovered.  USAO MT

December 8, 2021

The owner and medical director of Georgia’s Milton Hall Surgical Associates, Jeffrey M. Gallups, will pay $3 million, and medical device manufacturer Entellus Medical will pay $1.2 million, to resolve claims that they entered into an unlawful kickback arrangement.  The government alleged that Gallups received cash payments and all-expense paid trips from Entellus in return for directing MHSA physicians to utilize sinuplasty related medical devices exclusively from Entellus and increase the number of sinuplasty procedures performed.  In addition, Gallups was alleged to have received “commissions” from medical testing laboratory NextHealth, in exchange for directing MHSA doctors to order medically unnecessary toxicology and genetic tests from NextHealth.  The settlement resolves a qui tam action initiated by former MHSA physician Myron Jones, M.D., who will receive approximately $614,000 from the settlement.  USAO ND GA

December 7, 2021

The SEC has issued a whistleblower reward of $5 million to an individual who voluntarily provided original information to the Commission regarding the misuse of proceeds from a securities offering.  The SEC found that the whistleblower promptly reported the misconduct, enabling the Commission to quickly bring a successful enforcement action and return millions to harmed investors.  SEC

December 7, 2021

New Jersey-based Princeton Pathology Services P.A. will pay $2.4 million to resolve allegations that it overbilled Medicare by submitting claims using a Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code that required written analysis by a pathologist, when no such analysis was required or had been prepared.  A whistleblower, Jayant Barai, M.D., initiated the matter by filing a qui tam complaint under the False Claims Act, and will receive an award of $456,000USAO NJ
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