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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 — DOJ Settles False Claims Act Case Against Cybersecurity Company

Posted  04/18/19
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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
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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
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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....

Catch of the Week — DOJ Settles with Two Additional Defendants in Ongoing Bid Rigging Investigation

Posted  03/22/19
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Our Catch of the Week celebrates DOJ’s $127 million settlements with two additional South Korea-based companies entangled in a bid-rigging conspiracy to stifle competition and thus artificially inflate prices charged to the U.S. Government on contracts to supply fuel for U.S. military bases in South Korea. The two oil companies, Hyundai Oilbank Co. Ltd and S-Oil Corporation, will pay $75 million in criminal fines...

Catch of the Week — Wealthy Parents Arrested in College Admissions Bribery Scam

Posted  03/15/19
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Our Catch of the Week goes to the parents, coaches, exam administrators, admissions “consultants,” and others who were arrested and charged Tuesday for bribery and cheating to secure student admissions to elite colleges and universities. See DOJ Press Release. The FBI’s investigation, Operation Varsity Blues, uncovered a nationwide scam led by William “Rick” Singer and his companies, Edge College & Career...

Catch of the Week — Mobile TeleSystems settles FCPA claims for $850M

Posted  03/7/19
Pile of coins with miniature flag of Uzbekistan
Russian telecom giant Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (MTS) agreed to pay approximately $850 million to settle allegations the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) by bribing an Uzbek official, a relative of Uzbekistan’s president at the time. $100M will be paid to the SEC to resolve the charges and will be credited against a criminal fine and forfeiture of $850M based on related criminal...

Catch of the Week — Cognizant Technology to Pay $25M to Settle Bribery Allegations While Top Execs Face Civil and Criminal Charges

Posted  02/22/19
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New-Jersey based tech company Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation agreed to pay approximately $25 million-roughly $19 million in disgorgement and prejudgment interest and an additional $6 million in civil monetary penalties-to settle allegations the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) by bribing Indian officials. But the government’s enforcement doesn’t end there. Cognizant’s...

Catch of the Week – Justice Department Sues Tennessee Pharmacies and Pharmacists Illegally Dispensing Opioids

Posted  02/11/19
Stethoscope with computer tablet saying "Opiod epidemic"
On Friday, the Justice Department announced that it has sued several pharmacies and pharmacists in Tennessee to stop them from illegally dispensing opioids. According to the complaint, both defendants have “fueled and profited from” the opioid epidemic by “repeatedly dispensing opioids and other controlled substances prone to abuse without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional...

Catch of the Week – EHR Developer Greenway Health to Pay $57.25 Million to Settle FCA Allegations

Posted  02/8/19
Person in scrubs holding computer tablet projecting medical data
Electronic health records (EHR) software developer Greenway Health LLC agreed to pay $57.25 million to resolve allegations that it committed fraud by misrepresenting to its users the capabilities of its EHR product “Prime Suite” and by providing unlawful remuneration to users to induce them to recommend Prime Suite. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the government made incentive payments...

Catch of the Week – Inform Diagnostics

Posted  02/1/19
Technician in laboratory safety wear using eyedropper to fill vials of blood
Texas-based pathology laboratory company Inform Diagnostics, formerly known as Miraca Life Sciences Inc., agreed on January 30th to a $63.5 million settlement to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act (“FCA”), the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”), and the Stark Law by providing subsidies to referring physicians for electronic health record (“EHR”) technology as well as free or discounted...
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