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February 11, 2022

Transportation company Academy Bus, LLC, together with related entities and individuals, will pay $20.5 million to resolve claims brought in a whistleblower lawsuit under New Jersey’s False Claims Act that the defendants defrauded New Jersey Transit, for whom defendants operated bus routes.  Defendants were paid by NJ Transit based, in part, on miles and hours driven, with deductions for missed bus trips; they were alleged to have over-reported miles and hours driven, and underreported their missed bus trips to the state.  The settlement also required Academy to implement specific compliance procedures.  The whistleblower, former Academy employee Hector Peralta, will receive an award totaling $3.9 millionNJ

January 31, 2022

Cardinal Health agreed to pay more than $13 Million to settle allegations it violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act by paying “upfront discounts” to its physician practices. According to the government, Cardinal Health recruited new customers by offering and paying cash bonuses that were not attributable to identifiable sales or were purported rebates which Cardinal Health’s customers had not actually earned. In connection with the settlement, the whistleblowers who brought the case will receive approximately $2.6 million of the recovery. USAO MA

January 21, 2022

A whistleblower received an award of $1.5 million, with the SEC finding that the individual voluntarily provided new and original information as well as substantial assistance during the course of the government’s investigation.  The information helped Commission staff formulate their investigative strategy, saved government time and resources, and significantly contributed to the success of a government investigation.   SEC

January 21, 2022

A whistleblower received an award of $1.8 million, with the SEC finding that the individual voluntarily provided original information that led the SEC to open an investigation that was directly based on the whistleblower’s information.  The SEC further noted that the individual had also reported the misconduct internally in a timely manner, had suffered hardship as a result of reporting, and had provided substantial ongoing assistance during the government’s investigation.   SEC

January 21, 2022

Two unidentified whistleblowers were jointly awarded $37 million based on findings that they voluntarily provided key evidence to the government, which significantly contributed to the government’s understanding of the underlying wrong, and provided ongoing assistance during the government’s investigation.  The award is based on amounts recovered in a successful enforcement action by the SEC, as well as a separate related action by a different, unidentified, agency.  SEC

January 10, 2022

The SEC has issued two awards totaling more than $4 million to three whistleblowers whose information and assistance helped bring about two successful enforcement actions.  In the first order, a single whistleblower who reported internally before providing significant new information to the agency on an existing investigation was awarded $2.6 million.  According to the SEC, the misconduct occurred overseas and would have been difficult to detect without the whistleblower’s tip.  In the second order, two whistleblowers received a joint award of $1.5 million for providing substantial ongoing assistance.  SEC

Top Ten Whistleblower Awards of 2021

Posted  01/6/22
Red Whistle with People
2021 was another banner year for whistleblowers, who once again collectively recovered billions of dollars for the government and hundreds of millions of dollars in whistleblower rewards under the various government whistleblower programs.  This includes awards under the qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act and various state False Claims Act programs.  It includes awards under the Dodd-Frank SEC...

December 15, 2021

David Bellamah, and his business, Bellamah Vein & Surgery, PLLC, will pay $3.75 million to resolve allegations that they billed government healthcare programs for medically unnecessary venous procedures based on false medical records.  Defendants allegedly used improper techniques to conduct and analyze ultrasounds and used false ultrasound findings to diagnoses and treat venous reflux disease and varicose veins. The government’s claims were initiated by the filing a qui tam complaint by Lenore Lezanne, who previously worked as a sonographer at the Bellamah Vein Center; Lezane will receive a whistleblower award of 17% of the amounts recovered.  USAO MT

December 8, 2021

The owner and medical director of Georgia’s Milton Hall Surgical Associates, Jeffrey M. Gallups, will pay $3 million, and medical device manufacturer Entellus Medical will pay $1.2 million, to resolve claims that they entered into an unlawful kickback arrangement.  The government alleged that Gallups received cash payments and all-expense paid trips from Entellus in return for directing MHSA physicians to utilize sinuplasty related medical devices exclusively from Entellus and increase the number of sinuplasty procedures performed.  In addition, Gallups was alleged to have received “commissions” from medical testing laboratory NextHealth, in exchange for directing MHSA doctors to order medically unnecessary toxicology and genetic tests from NextHealth.  The settlement resolves a qui tam action initiated by former MHSA physician Myron Jones, M.D., who will receive approximately $614,000 from the settlement.  USAO ND GA
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