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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 — Actelion Pharmaceticals

Posted  12/7/18
This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc., a California pharmaceutical company that sells various pulmonary arterial hypertension drugs, including Tracleer, Ventavis, Veletri, and Opsumit. Yesterday, Actelion agreed to pay $360 million to resolve allegations that it violated the Anti-Kickback Statute by indirectly paying drug copays for thousands of Medicare patients. It did so by donating to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which in...

Catch of the Week — Bottini Fuel Busted for Illegal “Family and Friends” Scheme

Posted  11/30/18
Bottini Fuel, a fuel and heating company based in New York, has agreed to a $3.3M settlement to resolve allegations that it defrauded customers by keeping rather than returning overpayments. For over a decade, the company used the ill-gotten gains to pay the fuel expenses of company employees, family members, and friends. The whistleblower who brought the fraud to light in a case filed under the New York State False...

Catch of the Week — DOJ Nets 3 South Korean Companies in Bid Rigging Scheme

Posted  11/16/18
Our Catch of the Week celebrates DOJ’s massive $236 million settlement with three South Korean-based companies accused of rigging bids to inflate the cost of fuel supplied to U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force bases in South Korea, the investigation of which was initiated by a whistleblower represented by Constantine Cannon. The three companies, SK Energy Co. Ltd., GS Caltex Corporation, and Hanjin Transportation Co. Ltd., will plead guilty and pay $82 million...

Catch of the Week – Northrop Grumman Systems

Posted  11/8/18
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation agreed to a $31.65 million settlement to resolve allegations that it overstated employee hours on two government contracts related to battlefield communications services for the United States Air Force.  Of the total settlement, $27.45 million was paid to resolve civil allegations that NGSC violated the False Claims Act, and $4.2 million was forfeited by the company to resolve criminal allegations related to the same conduct. Billing...

Catch of the Week — VA Official Pleads Guilty to Bribery, Fraud, and Obstruction in $2 Million Scheme

Posted  10/26/18
A former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs official, James King, 63, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty to demanding and receiving bribes from three for-profit schools in exchange for enrolling disabled military veterans in those schools. King facilitated over $2 million in improper payments from the VA using the veterans’ federal benefits. He pleaded guilty to one count of honest services and money/property wire fraud, one count of bribery, and one...

Catch of the Week — Universal American Mortgage Company

Posted  10/19/18
Universal American Mortgage Company (UAMC), a Miami-based mortgage company, agreed on October 19 to a $13.2 million settlement to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by falsely certifying that it complied with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage-insurance requirements in connection with certain loans. UAMC is part of Lennar, one of America’s leading homebuilders. The settlement resolves allegations brought by Kat Nguyen-Seligman, a former employee of a...

Catch of the Week – AmerisourceBergen Corporation

Posted  10/12/18
Last Monday, one of the largest drug wholesalers in the country agreed to pay $625 million to settle allegations that it put cancer patients at risk by illegally repackaging and distributing millions of vials of oncology drugs. The federal government and forty-four states claimed that AmerisourceBergen Corp. (“ABC”) and one of its subsidiaries, Medical Initiatives, Inc. (“MII”) engaged in a thirteen-year-long scheme to open sterile vials of oncology drugs, pool...

Catch of the Week — Health Management Associates

Posted  09/27/18
Health Management Associates, LLC (“HMA”), a former hospital chain now part of Community Health Systems, agreed on September 25th to a $260 million settlement to resolve allegations of false billing and kickbacks alleged in eight qui tam cases under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). HMA was a hospital chain headquartered in Tampa, Florida that was acquired by Community Health Systems Inc., a major U.S. hospital chain, in 2014. One whistleblower...

Catch of the Week — United Technologies

Posted  09/14/18
United Technologies
This week’s Catch of the Week goes to the SEC for securing a nearly $14-million settlement with United Technologies, a Connecticut-based building systems and aerospace company, for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The settlement resolves allegations that United Technologies, through various subsidiaries, paid bribes across the globe to advance its elevator and aircraft-engine businesses. According to the SEC’s order filed on September 12, United Technologies engaged in...

Catch of the Week — SEC Hands Two Whistleblowers $54 Million

Posted  09/7/18
SEC
The SEC announced late this week that it had issued two whistleblower rewards totaling $54 million. Of the total reward, one tipster received $39 million-the second-largest reward the SEC has ever granted-while a second received $15 million, the eighth-largest award yet granted. The SEC commended both whistleblowers for providing “critical information and continued assistance” that “helped the agency bring an important enforcement action.” Just what that enforcement action was, as...
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