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Whistleblower News From The Inside — June 29, 2016

Posted  June 29, 2016

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

New Jersey blood lab pleads guilty to role in $100M physician bribery case – Parsippany, New Jersey’s Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC, an entity at the center of a long-running and elaborate test referral scheme operated by its president and numerous associates,  pled guilty and was sentenced Tuesday in federal court. USAO District of New Jersey

In wake of Escobar, FCA cases return to circuit courts – Based on its decision in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 579 U. S. ___ (2016), the U.S. Supreme Court vacated judgments in three FCA cases; the vacaturs revive two cases against for-profit colleges previously dismissed in circuit court proceedings. The National Law Review

Medical device manufacturer settles FCA case for $8M – Cardiovascular Systems will settle an FCA lawsuit alleging the company ran a kickback and off-label marketing scheme involving the alleged provision of all-expense paid training, free products, sham speaking fees. Whistleblower and former sales rep Travis Thams brought the suit. Mass Device

Lawyer tied to reputed NJ mobster gets 43 months in ticket scam – Disbarred Westchester attorney, Pat Stiso, previously convicted for teaming up with a mobster in multiple investment scams was sentenced Tuesday to 43 months in federal prison. Fair Lawn-Glen Rock Daily Voice

Massachusetts mechanical contractor settles FCA suit – BG mechanical contractors will pay $220,500 to resolve allegations it falsely certified compliance with equal opportunity requirements on two public contracts; the case was brought under the Massachusetts false claims act. 22 WWLP Western Massachusetts News

Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on money laundering removes Myanmar and Papua New Guinea from its blacklist – As a result of their removal, the countries are no longer subject to FATF monitoring and will instead work with regional bodies.  The FATF is a Paris-based intergovernmental organization focused on combatting money laundering. Wall Street Journal