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This Week in Whistleblower History: National Whistleblower Day and the Creation of the Medicare and Medicaid Programs

Posted  08/2/19
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This week marks the seventh year in a row that Congress has designated July 30th National Whistleblower Day, honoring the occasion, on July 30, 1778, when the Continental Congress unanimously enacted the first whistleblower protection law in the United States. The law was passed in response to a petition to the Continental Congress filed by a group of ten American sailors and marines, who reported that their...

How Businesses Can Use Whistleblower Reward Laws to Stop Unfair Competition

Posted  07/22/19
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Most anyone can be a whistleblower. The role is not limited to the corporate insider or company employee at the meeting, on the conference call or in receipt of the email or text message where the “smoking-gun” evidence of fraud or misconduct is disclosed. Whistleblowers can be any person, or an entity, with non-public information about fraudulent conduct giving rise to a whistleblower claim.  Often, businesses...

Question of the Week — Should the SEC expedite its review of whistleblower claims?

Posted  07/19/19
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Good things come to those who wait—at least that’s what most experienced whistleblowers will tell you. Whether they filed a complaint in court or submitted evidence to a regulatory agency, those who have reported fraud know firsthand that the legal process can take a great deal of time. Whistleblowers often wait several years before ever seeing the proverbial fruits of their labor. So when it comes to the...

Catch of the Week — Merrill Lynch Commodities Inc.

Posted  06/28/19
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Merrill Lynch Commodities Inc (“Merrill”), a commodity trading subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation, agreed on June 25th to two $25 million settlements with both the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) to resolve allegations it conducted deceptive trading practices in United States commodities markets.

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This settlement resolved...

New York Introduces Bills to Expand Whistleblower Protections

Posted  06/21/19
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Under current law, whistleblowers who reported fraudulent activity in the government or other settings in the State of New York are typically barred from bringing other legal actions. Maybe not anymore. Last week, both the New York State Senate and Assembly signed off on a series of amendments aimed at providing greater protection for employees who notice and report illegal activity, and expanding the definition of a...

Calling all FCPA Whistleblowers — The CFTC Wants You!

Posted  06/19/19
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If you have information on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations in the commodities or derivatives markets, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) wants to hear from you. The agency made this clear in a recently-issued CFTC "Whistleblower Alert" calling on all FCPA whistleblowers to step forward and report what they know. The agency even dangled the potential for monetary rewards for those...

United States Intervenes in Home Health Care Fraud Case

Posted  05/30/19
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Last week, the United States intervened in a lawsuit brought against Florida-based Doctor’s Choice Home Care and its two owners.  The Department of Justice alleged that the company bribed doctors to refer patients in violation of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law. Both laws prohibit medical providers from paying or receiving kickbacks in connection with government-funded health care...

CFTC Makes Another Whistleblower Award

Posted  05/10/19
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On Monday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced a whistleblower award of roughly $1.5 million. It is the latest in a string of whistleblower awards from an agency that has made it very clear that after a slow start in implementing its whistleblower program it is finally open for whistleblower business. CFTC Enforcement Director James McDonald could not have been more direct on this point:...

CFTC Playing Catch Up Makes Another Whistleblower Award

Posted  03/6/19
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On Monday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced a whistleblower award totaling more than $2 million. It is the latest in what has been a string of recent CFTC awards after a very slow start for the CFTC Whistleblower Program. Indeed, 2018 was a banner year for the program reflecting what appears to be a renewed commitment by the agency to make up for lost time and embrace the critical role...

February 14, 2019

Compounding pharmacy Vital Life Institute LLC, formerly known as AgeVital Pharmacy LLC, will pay $775,000 to resolve claims that the company and its principals paid kickbacks to third-party marketing companies to solicit prospective patients, regardless of the patients' needs.  The investigation was initiated by the filing of a qui tam complaint under the False Claims Act by Manfred Knopf, who received unwanted compounded medications from AgeVital that were billed to Medicare.  Mr. Knopf will receive $139,500 as a whistleblower reward.  DOJ
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