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Whistleblower Exposes Customs Fraud Involving Chinese Garment Importer

A Pennsylvania garment wholesaler has agreed to pay the U.S. $1 million to settle allegations brought by a whistleblower that it violated the False Claims Act with a scheme to underpay U.S. customs duties on imported clothing. Warminster, Pennsylvania-based Notations Inc. had a business partner that imported garments from China, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said. That partner engaged in a scheme to underpay customs duties owed on the garments it sold to Notations, ICE said. Although Notations knew about this fraudulent practice, the company chose to ignore it, ICE said. The discounts the partner company provided were ... Read More

Jailed whistleblower received record $140-million award in tax evasion case

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) awarded a record $104 million to a whistleblower for his role in helping to expose an enormous tax fraud scheme orchestrated by Swiss banking giant UBS AG. The award, the largest ever paid by the federal government to an individual whistleblower, was given to Bradley Birkenfield, a UBS AG banker who was also thrown in prison to serve a 40-month sentence as part of the same case. The IRS confirmed last week that Mr. Birkenfield will receive the record award for his part in a federal investigation that resulted in UBS being fined $780 million ... Read More

New health care law will reduce medical fraud, report finds

The new health care law passed in 2010 gives Medicare and Medicaid more teeth to fight back against corporate health care fraud, such as subjecting healthy patients to unnecessary and dangerous procedures and overbilling the government programs, a USA Today report claims. The law will make it easier for Medicare and Medicaid to track and reject unneeded medical procedures, such as implanting healthy patients with unneeded heart stents – a practice that HCA, the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chain, routinely practiced in some of its Florida hospitals with an elderly patient base, according to a New York Times investigation. According ... Read More