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Whistleblowers Say Colorado’s Revenue Dept. Wasting Millions of Taxpayer Dollars

Whistleblowers within the Colorado Department of Revenue say that waste, incompetence, and mismanagement in the agency are costing state taxpayers millions of dollars. The Denver Channel’s Contact 7 says it received a letter in a Colorado Department of Revenue envelope from “Concerned Colorado Department of Revenue Employees, Taxpayers, & Citizens of Colorado.” The whistleblowers pointed to “Climate Surveys” that assess the atmosphere within the agency by compiling anonymous feedback from Tax Division employees. “It is very important you get the results of these surveys … to understand the level of internal strife caused by the incompetence and mismanagement of resources ... Read More

Mississippi University Agrees To Return $1.17 Million In Grant money To U.S.

Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, will pay the United States $1.17 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that it mismanaged National Science Foundation grants and violated rules of the federal grant program. According to U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, Southern District of Mississippi, when Jackson State used National Science Foundation grant funds it effectively certified that every claim and expenditure was supportable and allowable under grant rules and that it would maintain adequate records to support its claims and expenditures. But in 2012, the NSF Office of Inspector General contracted auditors to review the NSF grants. The audits ... Read More

Whistleblower Says TSA Culture, Policies Threaten Public Safety

A senior TSA manager at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) who fears lax oversight is leading to serious security breaches and threatening public safety has turned to the media to express his frustrations. Drew Rhoades, who is in charge of mission and logistics and is one of four Assistant Federal Security Directors at MSP, told KMSP Fox News 9 that he hoped talking to the press about the TSA’s problems would force the agency to act. “Never in my 30 plus years in Government, ever, have I talked to the media about issues or problems,” Mr. Rhoades, a former Army ... Read More

Whistleblower accuses Kentucky child services agency of retaliation, mismanagement

A Kentucky social service worker has filed a whistleblower complaint against the child protection services agency he works for, alleging he began experiencing harassment and other forms of retaliation shortly after he voiced his concerns about nearly 100 child abuse and neglect cases that had been misplaced or went uninvestigated, among other serious accusations. According to The Courier-Journal, Tim Williams had an exemplary 14-year record with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in Kentucky’s 12-county Northern Bluegrass region until he sent a letter to top cabinet officials in April warning them about 93 missing or mishandled cases, an employee-turnover rate ... Read More

Whistleblower files retaliation lawsuit against San Diego Red Cross

A former executive at the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the chapter alleging she was wrongfully terminated for objecting to unethical practices, violations of state and federal law, and other misconduct within the upper ranks. The Red Cross of San Diego hired the executive last year as the chief development officer. She was terminated on January 5 after just four months on the job, Voice of San Diego reported. “Plaintiff walked into a culture of mismanagement and unethical practices,” the lawsuit asserts. “It came to Plaintiff’s attention that sharing donor information externally was ... Read More

Preparation is key to a successful whistleblower case

Fraud, abuse, mismanagement, and other forms of wrongdoing are all too common in both the private and public sectors of society these days – an unfortunate fact that elevates the role of the whistleblower in the fight against misconduct and corruption. With lawyers seeing more and more potential whistleblower cases pour in, it’s vital that whistleblowers properly document and state their case before taking it to a lawyer for review. After whistleblowers select experienced and competent legal counsel for their False Claims Act case, they should prepare a concise and well documented “pitch.” The Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF) Education Fund ... Read More

Judge tosses whistleblower allegations against medical device maker

A Massachusetts federal judge rejected a whistleblower’s lawsuit Tuesday against Ireland-based Covidien’s subsidiary ev3 inc., accusing the company of promoting a blood-blocking surgical device for off-label purposes and other misconduct. Former ev3 salesman Jeffrey D’Agostino filed the lawsuit under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act against ev3, executive salesman Brett Wall, and Vice President of Sales and Global Marketing John Hardin. Mr. D’Agostino sued on behalf of the U.S. government and 26 states. U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns rejected Mr. D’Agostino’s lawsuit citing weak allegations and insufficient evidence. The lawsuit accuses ev3 of submitting false ... Read More

CVS Caremark to pay $6 million to settle whistleblower allegations of Medicaid false claims

Caremark LLC, a pharmacy benefit management giant operated by CVS Caremark Corporation, will pay the U.S. $6 million to settle allegations brought by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act that the company knowingly defrauded federal and state Medicaid programs by failing to reimburse the taxpayer-funded programs for drug expenses that should have been paid by the private insurer. Individuals who are covered by both Medicaid and a private health plan are classified as “dual eligible.” U.S. law mandates that the private insurer, rather than taxpayer-funded government programs, must assume the costs of health care for dual eligible beneficiaries. Should Medicaid erroneously ... Read More

Shire settles whistleblower allegations of improper drug marketing for $56.5 million

Shire Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay the U.S. $56.5 million to settle two whistleblower lawsuits filed by former employees of the company who alleged the company illegally marketed several drugs for unapproved, off-label purposes and then billed Medicare, Medicaid, and other taxpayer-funded health care programs for them. Dublin, Ireland-based Shire operates in the U.S. out of its facility in Wayne, Penn. The company makes and markets Adderall XR, Vyvanse, and Daytrana, which are approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Pentasa and Lialda, which are approved for the treatment of mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. The ... Read More

Feds widen crackdown on $56-million Medicare fraud scheme in New Orleans

Federal prosecutors have widened their crackdown on a $56-million health care fraud scheme in the New Orleans area, announcing charges against seven more individuals, including two physicians, who allegedly billed Medicare for home health care services that were not medically necessary or were never provided. The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday that a New Orleans grand jury indicted the seven individuals, bringing the total number involved in the alleged fraud scheme to 13 defendants. The indicted individuals operated six health care companies. Federal prosecutors say the individuals participated in the scheme through these companies, billing Medicare for home health services ... Read More