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Top Ten Non-Healthcare False Claims Act Recoveries of 2022

Posted  01/27/23
This year’s Top Ten Non-Healthcare False Claims Act Recoveries exhibit the False Claim Act’s (FCA) enduring ability to combat corporate misconduct across distinct industries.  In 2022, the United States recovered hundreds of millions in taxpayer funds falsely obtained by defendants through bribery and bid-rigging schemes, mortgage underwriting fraud, fraudulent loan applications, fraud in the energy sector, and...

Top Ten State Fraud Recoveries of 2022

Posted  01/19/23
State and local governments play a critical role in ensuring that businesses and individuals are held accountable if they commit healthcare fraud, financial fraud, government contract fraud, and more. For whistleblowers, state governments can offer additional opportunities to report wrongdoing. Where government funds are at stake – and state and local government spending reaching $3 trillion annually – more...

December 12, 2022

Medical device manufacturer Coloplast will pay $14.5 million to resolve claims that in its contracts with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs the company overcharged the government and submitted false claims.  Coloplast self-disclosed to the government that in violation of the Trade Agreements Act it misreported country of origin and sold products from non-designated countries, and, in violation of applicable Price Reduction Clauses, failed to provide the government with required discounts.  USAO DC

November 29, 2022

Government contractor PowerSecure, Inc. agreed to pay $8.4 million to resolve claims that it failed to completely and accurately report disclose cost or pricing data in connection with securing a sole source contract for the repair and restoration of Puerto Rico’s power grid following the damage caused by Hurricane Maria.  The government asserted that such cost and pricing data was required by the Truth in Negotiations Act, and that PowerSecure’s failure to provide it violated the False Claims Act.  DOJ

October 26, 2022

Honeywell International Inc. has agreed to pay $3.35 million to settle a False Claims Act case involving the sale of defective bullet proof vests to the government.  Honeywell allegedly sold its patented Z Shield material to a bullet proof vest manufacturer, even though it knew the material was not cut out for ballistic use.  The vests were ultimately sold to multiple agencies through a GSA contract, as well as various state, local, and tribal law enforcement authorities through a DOJ program.  Their failures launched a 10-year investigation and litigation into the issue that ended with this settlement.  In total, the government recovered over $133 million from 17 entities and individuals.  DOJ

August 30, 2022

Medical device manufacturer Philips North America has agreed to pay $4.2 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by falsely certifying that mobile patient monitoring devices it sold to military purchasers met standards for airworthiness and passed safe-to-fly testing required to ensure that medical devices can safely be used in aircraft.  As part of the settlement, Philips admitted that after receiving initial approval in 2008, it made modifications to the device but did not inform government purchasers of those modifications, so that a determination could be made if re-testing was required.  USAO MA

July 1, 2022

Air France and KLM Airlines have agreed to pay $3.9 million to resolve their liability under the False Claims Act.  Under contracts with USPS, the airlines were required to submit scans showing when mail was transferred from their possession, but they submitted scans that falsely reported delivery times.  DOJ

June 30, 2022

Delta Airlines has agreed to pay $10.5 million to resolve allegations that it falsely reported mail delivery times under a contract with USPS in order to avoid penalties for mail delivered late or to the wrong location.  The settlement resolves Delta’s liability under the False Claims Act.  DOJ

June 14, 2022

Defense contractor Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. and related entities will pay $13.7 million to resolve allegations that the companies submitted false claims under KBR’s Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) III contract for the delivery of logistics support to U.S. Army forces in Iraq.  In an action originally brought by a whistleblower, the government alleged that KBR employees rigged bids on certain subcontracts in exchange for kickbacks from the subcontractors, and unlawfully passed on the inflated cost of those subcontracts to the government. DOJ
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