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Catch of the Week

This archive includes posts from our “Catch of the Week” series, in which the Whistleblower Insider blog highlights particular government enforcement actions.  Return to:

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Catch of the Week — Wound Care Device Manufacturer ACell Inc.

Posted  06/14/19
By Edward Baker
Nurse Wrapping a Wound on Mans Wrist
Our Catch of the Week goes to ACell Inc., a Maryland-based medical device manufacturer that pleaded guilty to violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) by failing to report that it had partially removed its wound-care product, MicroMatrix, from the market because it was contaminated with endotoxins, placing treated patients in danger of serious infection, even death, without informing the FDA that it...

Catch of the Week — Princess and Carnival Cruise Lines

Posted  06/7/19
plastic waste dumped on ocean beach
Carnival Cruise Lines and subsidiary Princess will pay $20 million in criminal penalties for environmental transgressions and violations of probation. Princess and parent Carnival are just over two years into a five-year probation term that stems from Princess’s April 2017 felony conviction for deliberately dumping oil-contaminated wastewater into the open ocean and then engaging in an intentional coverup of its...

DOJ Catch of the Week — Dr. Joseph Galichia

Posted  05/31/19
Paper Ripped Uncovering Medical Necessity Wording
This week's DOJ Catch of the Week goes to Kansas cardiologist Joseph Galichia. Yesterday, he agreed to pay $5.8 million to resolve allegations that he and his company, Galichia Medical Group, violated the False Claims Act by billing federal health care programs for medically unnecessary cardiac stent procedures. This is the government's third False Claims Act settlement with Dr. Galichia. Which may explain why he also...

Catch of the Week — Bosch Fined $100 Million Over Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Scandal

Posted  05/23/19
Volkswagen Car Logo with Splatters of Dirt
German prosecutors fined Bosch $100 million for its role in the 2015 Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. The fine was imposed for negligent violation of supervisory obligations resulting from the use of Bosch software to mask illegal pollution levels in diesel-engine vehicles. Bosch, the world’s largest automotive supplier, developed the engine management control software used to provide emissions testers with...

Catch of the Week — Pharmaceutical Company Allegedly Bribed Doctors with Trips to the Kentucky Derby

Posted  05/8/19
Cartoon of Sick Monkey and Horse Doctor Doing Check-Up
A recent settlement between the Department of Justice and US WorldMeds (“USWM”), show how creative, and how luxurious, kickbacks allegedly paid to physicians can be. The company, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, agreed to pay $17.5M to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to patients and doctors by boosting sales of two of their drugs, Apokyn (a drug used to treat Parkinson’s...

Catch of the Week — Florida Hospital Chain CEO Settles False Billing Allegations

Posted  05/3/19
Emergency Room Hospital with Night Lights On
This week’s Catch of the Week highlights former hospital executive Gary D. Newsome’s settlement resolving false billing and kickback allegations. From 2008 to 2013, Newsome served as CEO of Naples, Florida-based hospital chain Health Management Associates, LLC (HMA). He will pay $3.46 million to resolve federal prosecutors’ claims that HMA, under his leadership, pressured doctors in the emergency department to...

Catch of the Week — Rocket and Missile Parts Manufacturer Hydro Extrusion Portland

Posted  04/26/19
Space Shuttle launching
Our Catch of the Week goes to Hydro Extrusion Portland, Inc., formerly Sapa Profiles Inc., an aluminum extrusion manufacturer that made parts used by NASA and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in rockets and missiles.  The DOJ agreed to resolve criminal and civil claims relating to the manufacturer’s 19-year fraud scheme for $46 million in forfeitures, criminal fines, and amounts to settle civil False Claims Act...

Catch of the Week — DOJ Settles False Claims Act Case Against Cybersecurity Company

Posted  04/18/19
Hand Above Passcode Locked Phone
Last week, the Department of Justice announced that Fortinet, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based cybersecurity company, has agreed to pay more than half a million dollars to resolve allegations that it lied about its compliance with the federal Trade Agreements Act (TAA). The allegations were brought to the government’s attention through a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by a whistleblower who worked in Fortinet’s...

Catch of the Week — General Electric to Pay $1.5 Billion under FIRREA in Subprime Loan Scheme

Posted  04/12/19
general electric company logo on building
The Department of Justice today announced that General Electric will pay a civil penalty of $1.5 billion under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA) to resolve claims of fraud involving the marketing of subprime residential mortgage loans.  The loans at issue originated by a GE subsidiary, WMC Mortgage.  The government alleged that WMC, GE, and their affiliates allegedly...

Catch of the Week — Fresenius Medical Care

Posted  04/5/19
Fresenius Medical Care Logo
German-based medical device production and services company Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (“FMC”), agreed on March 29th to a $231 million settlement with both DOJ and the SEC to resolve allegations it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by paying bribes between 2007 and 2016 to publicly employed health and/or government officials to obtain or maintain business in Angola and Saudi Arabia....
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