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Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Launches COVID-19 Anti-Fraud Task Force

Posted  06/25/20
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Earlier this month, Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund (TAFEF)—an anti-fraud public interest organization founded in 1986—launched a task force comprised of former government officials, subject matter experts, and experienced False Claims Act attorneys to help federal and state law enforcement prevent and punish COVID-related fraud.  TAFEF, which has a network of more than 400 attorneys across the country who...

A COVID-19 Pesticide, Unproven Treatments, and Splashing Out On SBA’s Dime

Posted  06/5/20
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The US DOJ continued its efforts to combat the sale of unproven and unregistered COVID-19 treatments and preventatives and charged purported “business owners” for CARES and PPP funds fraud this week. A Georgia woman pleaded guilty to selling an unregistered pesticide, in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Rong “Vicky” Sun, 34, of Fayetteville, Georgia, will be...

Fraudsters Beware: Flurry of Recent Actions in Enforcement Show that Contracting Fraud is a Priority

Posted  06/3/20
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Four recent state and federal actions indicate that government contracting fraud cases are in the spotlight. These actions all stemmed from alleged violations of laws that give certain businesses, such as, small, minority-owned, or veteran-owned businesses, advantages in obtaining government contracts. These contracts are often called “preference” or “set-aside” contracts and the goal of these laws is to...

June 1, 2020

Mississippi Department of Health Services (MDHS) has agreed to pay $5 million to resolve allegations of submitting false quality control data to the USDA’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) in order to receive performance bonuses.  The United States previously settled with five other state agencies, as well as with a consultant involved with all of the cases, Julie Osnes Consulting, LLC.  The settlement with MDHS brings the total amount recovered to $41 million.  DOJ; USAO EDWA

Constantine Cannon’s Hackathon Challenge Generates Eleven Innovative Solutions to Protect COVID-19 Whistleblowers

Posted  05/29/20
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The Constantine Cannon whistleblower team is delighted to reveal eleven innovative Hacks created in response to our Challenge to find ways to harness the power of whistleblowers to stem the tide of COVID-19-related frauds and misinformation.  Constantine Cannon’s team of whistleblower attorneys submitted the Challenge to The Financial Times Global Legal Hackathon (GLH), a worldwide effort to draw on the...

Financial Pressures on U.S. Hospitals, Combined with New Funding, Increase Risk of Medicare and Medicaid Fraud

Posted  05/22/20
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Hospitals are an institution we might have expected to be prepared for a healthcare crisis.  It is their job, after all, to provide emergency and intensive healthcare.  In fact, however, the COVID-19 crisis has put enormous pressures on hospitals.  With such new pressures come new risks of healthcare fraud at hospitals.

The Financial Pressures on Hospitals in the COVID-19 Crisis

Against the backdrop of heroic...

Telehealth Expansion is Here to Stay, We Must Be Wary of Fraud

Posted  05/15/20
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Telemedicine, or the provision of medical services through virtual means, has been rapidly expanding for the past several years. In 2010, barely a third of hospitals were offering telehealth services; by 2017, over three-quarters of hospitals were doing so.  Telemedicine has a lot of potential for good. It’s becoming increasingly accessible and affordable thanks to technological advancements. Innovations such...

May 4, 2020

Two New York construction companies and their associates have agreed to pay $4.5 million to resolve allegations of defrauding the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and exploiting federal contracting opportunities reserved for veteran-owned small businesses and small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones).  Northland Associates, Inc., its president James Tyler, The Diverse Construction Group, and bond agent Rose & Kiernan Inc. allegedly failed to disclose and took steps to conceal the extent to which Diverse, which is 51% vetern-owned and 49% owned by senior Northland officials, took direction from Northland.  The government’s investigation was triggered by whistleblower lawsuits; the whistleblowers in this case will receive $1 million of settlement proceeds.  USAO SDNY

De Vos’s Education Department Quietly Granted For-Profit Mogul's Colleges Non-Profit Status, Reversing Obama Administration’s Decision

Posted  05/4/20
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In the wake of scandals surrounding the for-profit college model, some institutions—and their executives—have sought to transition to non-profits.  These conversions pose the concrete risk that taxpayers will be left subsidizing institutions trying to skirt federal regulations meant to protect students.  As a result, the Obama Administration scrutinized them carefully, particularly where the rebranded non-profit...

April 29, 2020

Ecotrust Forest Management and its non-profit affiliate, Ecotrust, will pay $4.4 million to resolve claims under the Oregon False Claims Act that they fraudulently claimed entitlement to New Market Tax Credits, which are meant to provide incentives for economic development in disadvantaged areas of the state, on their financing of two development projects, the Rough & Ready Sawmill in Cave Junction and the purchase of forestland in Desolation Creek.  The companies allegedly overstated their expenses on the projects in order to secure larger tax credits.  OR

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