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Whistleblowers Help U.S Recover $75 Million From Hospice Chain

Three whistleblower lawsuits have led to a recovery of $75 million from Vitas Hospice Services LLC, the nation’s largest for-profit hospice chain, and its parent company Chemed Corporation of Cincinnati, Ohio. An agreement announced by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Oct. 30 resolves three lawsuits filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which allows private parties to sue on behalf of the U.S. in cases of suspected fraud targeting federal agencies and programs. The whistleblower lawsuits alleged that Vitas and Chemed knowingly submitted claims to Medicare and caused the submission of claims to Medicare for hospice ... Read More

Whistleblower Contract Fraud Allegations Return $3 Million To U.S.

Two New York contractors and their owners agreed to pay more than $3 million to settle whistleblower allegations that they violated the wrongfully acquired government contracts reserved for service-disabled veterans for which they were not qualified. The settlement resolves allegations brought by an individual under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA), which authorizes private parties to file suit on behalf of the federal government in cases of suspected fraud. According to the whistleblower complaint, Zoladz Construction Company Inc, Alliance Contracting LLC, and owners John Zoladz and David Lyons obtained the veteran-reserved contracts by creating a sham company ... Read More

Whistleblower Suit Exposes Missouri Neurosurgeon’s Kickback Scheme

A lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act against a Missouri neurosurgeon and his fiancée has resulted in a recovery for the Medicare program. The lawsuit, brought by a group of physicians and other health care providers in 2014, accused Dr. Sonjay Fonn of Cape Girardeau and his fiancée Deborah Seeger of operating a mutually beneficial kickback scheme that resulted in the submission of false claims to Medicare. According to the whistleblower suit, the kickback scheme was hatched in 2008 when Ms. Seeger started a spinal implant distributorship, DS Medical, that supplied most of the spinal ... Read More

Whistleblower Allegations Lead To Prison Sentence, Fines For Medical Equipment Vendor

The owner of an Iowa medical supply store has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for submitting falsified documents to federal authorities investigating fraud allegations raised by a whistleblower in a False Claims Act lawsuit. According to The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette, James O’Connor, 64, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $350,000 in restitution to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Mr. O’Connor owned and operated O’Connor Medical Supply Inc., a durable medical equipment vendor in the Des Moines, Iowa area. A whistleblower filed a False Claims Act suit against Mr. O’Connor and ... Read More

Whistleblower Sues Epic Systems, Alleging Fraudulent Double Billing

A whistleblower suing Verona, Wisconsin-based Epic Systems alleges the medical IT company’s software defaults to double-billing Medicare and Medicaid for anesthesia services, costing U.S. taxpayers to overpay by hundreds of millions of dollars. According to Law 360, Geraldine Petrowski, an employee of Raleigh, North Carolina-based WakeMed Health between 2008 and 2014, filed the False Claims complaint against Epic under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act after her experiences with implementing Epic’s billing system raised “major concerns” about overbilling the government. Ms. Petrowski’s whistleblower complaint contends that Epic’s billing software defaults to charging Medicare and Medicaid for actual time ... Read More

Whistleblower Law Repeal Makes Wisconsin Fraud-Friendly State

Wisconsin’s whistleblower law protecting taxpayer-funded state agencies and programs from fraud was quietly repealed by Governor Scott Walker in the 2015-17 state budget – a move that is costing the state’s taxpayers millions of dollars. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Gov. Walker’s repeal of the state’s False Claims Act has already cost Wisconsin taxpayers an estimated $11 million in settlement money from companies that have defrauded the Medicaid program. That’s $11 million out of taxpayers’ pockets and into the bank accounts of corporate cheats. The $11 million estimate “was produced by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism using methodology ... Read More

Whistleblower, Vermont Settle Retaliation Case

A case of alleged whistleblower retaliation involving a former Vermont state employee who claimed she was wrongfully fired for speaking out against contract corruption has been settled. The Burlington Free Press reports that Jacqui Carlomagno, a former grants administrator for Vermont’s Agency of Education, sued the State after she was fired in June 2015 for calling attention to the alleged abuse of federal education funds. Ms. Carlomagno claims the state fired her because of her whistleblower activity. Ms. Carlomagno’s allegations centered on the education agency’s handling of federally funded early childhood education grants. In her whistleblower lawsuit, she alleged that ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps Massachusetts Recover $2 Million From Home Depot Unit

A whistleblower who walked into the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office with allegations of fraud has helped the state recover nearly $2 million from a unit of Home Depot that provides janitorial supplies and cleaning products to state government agencies. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday that Interline Brands, a Home Depot subsidiary, agreed to settle allegations stemming from a whistleblower who accused the company of overbilling two state agencies for supplies it was contracted to provide. The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) and the Executive Office for Administration and Finance’s Operation Services Division (OSD) were both allegedly overcharged by Interline, Ms. ... Read More

New Jersey Teacher Alleges Whistleblower Retaliation

A third-grade public school teacher has filed a retaliation complaint against the Rochelle Park, New Jersey, township school board and school superintendent alleging the defendants lashed out against him for speaking out against wrongdoing. Teacher Thomas Hornes filed his complaint in New Jersey Superior Court Sept. 14, claiming he was suspended from his job without pay for voicing concerns about Superintendent Geoffrey Zoeller’s conduct on the job. According to NorthJersey.com, the whistleblower retaliation complaint alleges that Mr. Hornes spoke out against Mr. Zoeller at a public meeting in May 2015 regarding refunds owed to parents over a class trip. “Hornes ... Read More

Whistleblower Alleges Contractors Stole Work From Veterans

A whistleblower lawsuit has led to a recovery of more than $3 million from three New York construction contractors and their owners that allegedly misled the U.S. government to obtain lucrative contracts for which they were not qualified. According to the whistleblower complaint, Zoldaz Construction Company, Alliance Contracting, Arsenal Contracting of Alden, New York, and owners John Zoldaz and David Lyons secured federal construction contracts reserved for service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses. The complaint claims they obtained the contracts by duping the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) into believing they were legitimate candidates for ... Read More