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Texas businessman accused of defrauding federal school program settles whistleblower lawsuit

A Texas businessman who supplied digital equipment and services to the Houston Independent School District (HISD) with funds provided by the federal government, has agreed to pay $400,000 for defrauding the Federal Communications Commission’s E-rate program, a successful program that helps connect every U.S. library and school to the Internet. According to the U.S. Justice Department, Larry Lehmann of Giddings, Texas, functioned as the CEO and managing partner of Acclaim Professional Services, which partnered with other companies to provide E-rate funded equipment and services to HISD from 2004 through 2006. Created by Congress in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the ... Read More

Whistleblower lawsuit accuses major hospital chains of Medicaid fraud

A whistleblower lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act (FCA) and unsealed Wednesday accuses two large hospital operators of paying kickbacks to clinics that directed expectant, undocumented Hispanic women to their hospitals so that they could submit Medicaid claims on them. According to the lawsuit, Health Management Associates of Naples, Fla., and Tenet Healthcare Corp. of Dallas, Texas, the third-largest U.S. hospital chain, recruited pregnant women living in the U.S. illegally who would become eligible for Medicaid benefits upon giving birth. The for-profit hospital systems contracted with Georgia-based Hispanic Medical Management, Clinica de la Mama, and affiliated companies, which sent ... Read More

U.S., Georgia hospital settle whistleblower Medicare fraud case for $8 million

A Georgia long-term acute-care hospital and its managing company have agreed to pay the U.S. government $8 million to settle a whistleblower’s allegations that they were involved in a scheme to defraud Medicare between 2003 and 2009. Darlene Tucker, was a former administrator at Southern Crescent Hospital for Specialty Care, Inc. (Southern Crescent) in Riverdale, Ga., filed a whistleblower complaint under the False Claims Act (FCA), which allows individuals to sue on behalf of the U.S. government when they witness fraud, mismanagement, abuse and other wrongdoing against taxpayer-funded government agencies and programs and share in the recovery. According to the ... Read More

Florida school principal files whistleblower lawsuit against superintendent

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The assistant principal of a Tallahassee, Fla., middle school has filed a lawsuit against the Leon County Schools Superintendent alleging the official retaliated against her after she exposed suspicious irregularities in the school’s financial records, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. According to the Democrat, Kimberly Hackett, who has worked for the Leon County school district for more than a decade, filed the complaint in Leon County Circuit Court earlier this month, claiming she was demoted, stripped of her responsibilities, and shuffled around within the district’s administrative offices after she reported her concerns in writing to the principal of ... Read More

U.S. takes over whistleblower lawsuit against Florida home health care company

The U.S. Justice Department has intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit against A Plus Home Health Care, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and its owner Tracy Nemerofsky. The lawsuit accuses the company and its owner of defrauding Medicare by creating fake positions for the spouses of affiliated physicians as a way of providing kickbacks in exchange for Medicare patient referrals. According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami, the South Florida home health care provider started paying the wives of seven or more doctors and the boyfriend of another physician for performing little or no work. As a result, the company’s ... Read More

Lance Armstrong wants $120-million whistleblower lawsuit dismissed

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and his lawyers have asked a federal judge to throw out a $120-million lawsuit brought against him by a whistleblower who says the seven-time Tour de France champion defrauded the U.S. government by taking sponsorship money from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) while he was doping. Mr. Armstrong was finally stripped of his Tour de France titles last year, after years of denying accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the races. He admitted in January that he had used the drugs and lied about it. Mr. Armstrong subsequently lost his sponsorship deals and was banned ... Read More

Gallup settles whistleblower lawsuit exposing government contract fraud, misconduct

The Gallup Organization has agreed to pay the United States $10.5 million to settle whistleblower allegations brought by a former executive of the company that it defrauded the U.S. Mint and the State Department by overstating its estimated labor hours in several government contracts and subcontracts. Michael Lindley, the former director of client services at Gallup, brought the whistleblower complaint against the company under the False Claims Act (FCA), which enables private individuals with inside information of fraud and other wrongdoing to sue on behalf of the U.S. and share in the recovery. Mr. Lindley will receive $1.9 million for ... Read More

U.S. takes over whistleblower lawsuit accusing Mobile, Ala., clinic of Medicare fraud

The U.S. government has taken over a whistleblower lawsuit originally brought against Infirmary Health Systems Inc. of Mobile, Ala., and related companies by a doctor who alleges the companies participated in a scheme of illegally billing Medicare for services obtained through  a system of providing and receiving kickbacks in exchange for referrals. According to the lawsuit, IMC-Diagnostic & Medical Clinic P.C. billed Medicare for services referred by Diagnostic Physicians Group doctors in violation of the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute.  IMC-Diagnostic and Medical Clinic is owned by Infirmary Medical Clinics, a subsidiary of Infirmary Health System. All of the subsidiary ... Read More

U.S. backs whistleblower nurse’s claims of fraud against Florida hospital

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – A Florida nurse-turned-whistleblower who is suing her employer for allegedly performing unnecessary surgeries and putting patients’ lives at risk in order to overcharge Medicare and Medicaid will have her case heard in November. Elin Baklid-Kunz, a nurse at Halifax Health Medical Center, filed the whistleblower lawsuit in 2009, accusing the hospital of providing illegal kickbacks to doctors, inappropriately admitting patients, and performing unnecessary spinal surgeries. Ms. Baklid-Kunz filed the lawsuit under the False Claims Act (FCA), which has a Qui Tam provision that allows private individuals to sue on behalf of the U.S. government when they ... Read More