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MassTech and its CEO and CFO To Pay $1.9 Million To Settle False Claims Act Allegations

Posted  05/4/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Columbia-based MassTech, Inc., its former Chief Executive Officer, Arnold Lee, and its former Chief Financial Officer, Richard Lee, have agreed to pay the United States $1.9 million to resolve allegations that MassTech falsely certified it was a small business in order to obtain Small Business Innovation Research (SIBR) awards. The settlement agreement was announced by United...

April 3, 2018

Norwegian NGO Norwegian People’s Aid, which receives funding from the US Agency for International Development, agreed to pay $2 million to settle claims it violated the False Claims Act by providing material support to Iran, Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (“PFLP”), and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (“DFLP”), contrary to federal funding requirements. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ (SDNY)

March 21, 2018

University of Pittsburgh professor Christian Schunn agreed to pay $132,000 to settle claims of violating the False Claims Act by submitting false documents to the National Science Foundation to obtain federal grants to fund his research. DOJ (WDPA)

February 16, 2018

The University of North Texas Health Science Center agreed to pay roughly $13 million to settle claims it violated the False Claims Act by inaccurately measuring, tracking and paying researchers for effort spent on certain NIH-sponsored research grants. DOJ (NDTX)

Senators McCaskill and Wyden Question $24 Million Government Reimbursement to Contractor for Whistleblower Legal Fees

Posted  03/2/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Senator Ron Wyden sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, citing  documents that appear to show the government reimbursed over $24 million to Lawrence Livermore National Security for costs related to whistleblower litigation. According to the letter, a whistleblower provided documents to the Senators about reimbursements by the National...

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to Pay Nearly $2.5 Million to Resolve Alleged False Claims for SNAP Funds

Posted  09/20/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Earlier this week, the Department of Justice announced that it had reached a $2.5 million settlement with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (ADHSS) over allegations that it violated the False Claims Act in its administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as the Food Stamp Program. Through SNAP, the U.S. Department of...

April 12, 2017

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services agreed to pay roughly $7 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act in its administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). DOJ

April 10, 2017

The Virginia Department of Social Services agreed to pay roughly $7.1 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act in its administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). DOJ

March 23, 2017

American University of Beirut agreed to pay $700,000 to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by providing material support to three entities that had been included on the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (“OFAC”) Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (the “SDN List”).  According to the government, the university provided material support to three SDN List entities by (1) providing specialized training on a variety of media topics, and (2) including one of the entities in a database on its public website to connect Non-Governmental Organizations with students and others interested in assisting them. DOJ (SDNY)

Two State Social Services Departments Settle FCA Suits over SNAP Funds

Posted  04/13/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS) each agreed to pay the United States roughly $7M to settle allegations that they violated the FCA in their administrations of the SNAP program (formerly known as the Food Stamp program). Both VDSS and WDHS used the same consultant, Julie Osnes Consulting, to advise...
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