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June 4, 2021

Virginia-based 360 Patriot Enterprises, LLC and its former minority shareholder, Delaware-based 360 Ventures LLC have agreed to pay $1.12 million to resolve allegations that they fraudulently obtained two U.S. Army contracts intended for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB).  At the time the contracts were awarded (between 2015 to 2017), 360 Patriot was not controlled by a qualified SDVOSB.  USAO EDVA

June 3, 2021

A Department of Energy (DOE) prime contractor responsible for cleaning up a decommissioned nuclear production complex in Washington State has agreed to pay over $3 million to resolve alleged False Claims Act violations involving false and fraudulent small business subcontract reports.  Whistleblower Salina Savage and her company, Savage Logistics LLC, had alleged that CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) knowingly misrepresented two of its subcontractors, Indian Eyes, LLC and Phoenix-ABC A Joint Venture, as businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones) in order to meet contract requirements and obtain reimbursements totaling hundreds of millions of dollars from DOE.  As a result of bringing a successful enforcement action, Savage and her company will receive a relator’s share of approximately $865,000.  USAO EDWA

June 2, 2021

Pennsylvania-based fuel distributor Naughton Energy Corporation and two of its owners, Mariette and Joseph Naughton, have agreed to pay $692,000 over the next five years to settle claims of causing false claims to be submitted to the Department of Transportation (DOT).  As a subcontractor on the federally funded New NY Bridge Project, Naughton Energy, a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), had represented to the prime contractor that it could deliver fuel to the worksite wholly independently.  However, lacking the requisite vehicle and employees to deliver fuel, and without the knowledge of the prime contractor, Naughton Energy arranged for a non-DBE subcontractor to supply the missing components in exchange for half of its profits from the project.  USAO SDNY

Catch of the Week: Dental Clinics to Pay $2.7M for Using Unsterilized Tools on Medicaid Patients

Posted  05/28/21
Dental Chair and Equipment
For over five years, Upper Allegheny Health Systems, a health care system operating several dental clinics in New York and Pennsylvania, allegedly performed dental services without sterilizing equipment between patients and falsely billed Medicaid for those services. After a former employee blew the whistle, the United States and the State of New York stepped in to investigate, and the defendant agreed to a $2.7...

DOJ Lowers The Boom On COVID-19 Healthcare Scams, Again

Posted  05/28/21
COVID Virus Zoomed In
Hey, fraudsters, did you hear?  There was a global pandemic, so the government pumped trillions of dollars into the economy.  Probably a good time to get a piece of the cut, you ask?  They’ll never find out, right?  So many ways to grift! Well, not so much.  From the start, the cops on the beat, led by the United States Department of Justice, have screamed from the rooftops:  “Don’t do it.  We WILL...

May 12, 2021

Wireless communications provider Assurance Wireless, a subsidiary of Sprint (now T-Mobile), will pay $1.6 million to resolve claims under the Oregon False Claims Act that it overcharged low-income Oregonians purchasing voice and broadband service under the Oregon Lifeline program, which is funded with federal and state subsidies.  The settlement follows an FCC enforcement action that resulted from the state's investigation.  OR

April 30, 2020

The owner of dog training school Universal K-9, Inc., Bradley Lane Croft, has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for defrauding the Veteran Administration’s GI Bill program of more than $1.5 million in connection with 185 fraudulent claims relating to 132 veterans.  Croft had been found guilty of providing false information on instructor names, certifications, and training to the Texas Veterans Commission, laundering money, and submitting fraudulent income tax returns for 2016 and 2017.  USAO WDTX

As COVID-19 Stimulus Funds Flow, DOJ Puts Fraudsters on Notice and Calls Whistleblowers “Essential”

Posted  04/2/21
On March 11th, President Biden signed The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), a sweeping economic stimulus plan that will pump $1.9 trillion into the US economy. In addition to direct relief to Americans, ARPA includes record-setting government spending in numerous areas to speed recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession. As we have previously written,...

March Madness: AstraZeneca Fudges the Clinical Trial Results for Its COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted  03/26/21
By Edward Baker
basketball hoop in basketball court
In case you haven’t been following the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (or even if you have), you might be surprised to learn that the University of Hartford is poised to win it all this year—except for the fact that it lost in the first round of the tournament to Baylor University, 79-55, and has been eliminated from the competition. Likewise, in case you haven’t been following the results of COVID-19...

Whistleblower Champion Chuck Grassley Pushes for Further Strengthening of False Claims Act (Again)

Posted  03/26/21
female standing proud with her silhouette as a superhero
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) already is celebrated as the modern-day champion of the False Claims Act.  This is the government's main fraud-fighting tool, which empowers whistleblowers to act as private attorneys general and sue on the government's behalf over fraud in government contracts and programs.  In successful cases, it rewards these whistleblowers with between 15% and 30% of the government's...
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