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Whistleblower Helps Medicare Recover $9.68 Million From Oxygen Supplier

Federal officials praised a whistleblower whose False Claims Act lawsuit against a Florida-based medical equipment supplier recovered $9.68 million for Medicare. U.S. Attorney Joseph Brown of the Eastern District of Texas said its multi-million-dollar settlement agreement with Rotech Healthcare Inc., a supplier of respiratory equipment and portable oxygen, resolves allegations that Rotech knowingly billed Medicare for portable oxygen supplies it provided to Medicare beneficiaries who didn’t need or use them. Rotech also admitted that it billed Medicare for oxygen supplies regardless of whether the supplies were delivered to beneficiaries. Medicare covers rentals of portable and stationary oxygen equipment for up ... Read More

Georgia Whistleblower Exposes $3.2 Million Kickback Scheme

A whistleblower who sued a group of Atlanta-area orthopedic and anesthesia providers for their alleged participation in an illegal kickback scheme has helped the U.S. government recover $3.2 million for Medicare. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the whistleblower lawsuit led to a settlement agreement between the federal government and Georgia Bone & Joint; Summit Orthopaedic Surgery Center; Southern Crescent Anesthesiology; and Sentry Anesthesia Management, as well as nurse anesthetist David LaGuardia. The whistleblower complaint, brought by Sharon Kopko, former Practice Administrator for Georgia Bone & Joint, alleged that Mr. LaGuardia, Sentry, and Southern Crescent provided a free ... Read More

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Allegedly Fired For Reporting Foreign Exchange Violations

Wells Fargo Bank finds itself facing another whistleblower lawsuit, this time filed by the former head of the bank’s foreign exchange (FX) group who says the bank encouraged employees to “make false and misleading representations to customers, to engage in abusive sales practices, and to enrich themselves at the expense of clients.” According to The Mercury News, whistleblower Simon Fowles alleges he voiced complaints about the unlawful and unethical practices to managers at the San Francisco-based banking giant for years but that his concerns essentially fell on deaf ears. Mr. Fowles claims he warned high-level Wells Fargo executives about “significant ... Read More

Whistleblower Sues Arizona Cancer Center For Alleged Medicare Fraud

A whistleblower complaint alleging an Arizona cancer treatment company cheated Medicare and other federal health care programs out of millions of dollars is moving ahead after a federal judge rejected the defendant’s motion to dismiss the case. The Republic/Arizona Central reports that the whistleblower suit alleges the Arizona Center for Cancer Care and its principals engaged in schemes to double-bill the government, overcharge for testing and treatments, and bill for medical services that patients didn’t need. The lawsuit claims these practices helped AZCCC improperly collect more than $8 million since 2011. Based in the Phoenix metro area, AZCCC operates 35 ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $11.5 Million From Radiation Therapy Chain

A whistleblower who sued Sightline Health LLC, a Texas-based chain of radiation therapy centers, alleging the company assembled and operated an illegal kickback scheme has helped the U.S. government recover about $11.5 million. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it reached an agreement with SightLine and Integrated Oncology Network Holdings LLC, which acquired SightLine in 2011, to settle the whistleblower’s allegations that SightLine was engaging in an improper kickback scheme designed to boost its Medicare reimbursements. The whistleblower sued SightLine on behalf of the U.S. government under the False Claims Act. The DOJ investigated the whistleblower’s claims and chose ... Read More

Takata Whistleblowers Split $1.7 Million Award

Three whistleblowers who were instrumental in alerting U.S. authorities to the risks of Takata’s deadly airbag inflators will share an award of $1.7 million, a sum that could grow substantially larger once legislators determine the mechanics of a new auto whistleblower law passed in 2015. The whistleblowers were all former employees of Takata Corp., the Japan-based automotive supplier that manufactured tens of millions of airbags with highly unstable inflators. The dangerously defective airbags were installed in cars, trucks, and SUVs made by 19 automakers Lawyers for the three whistleblowers said the men provided extensive assistance and information that prompted the ... Read More

Kmart Settles Whistleblower’s Medicaid Fraud Suit

Kmart Corporation has agreed to pay $525,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the retailer’s California pharmacies improperly billed Medi-Cal, the state of California’s Medicaid program, which provides health care to millions of low-income and disabled Californians. Kmart operates pharmacies at some of its retail locations in several states, including about a half-dozen locations in California. According to allegations contained in the whistleblower suit, Kmart’s California pharmacies violated the federal False Claims Act by billing the Medicaid program for certain drugs that were not supported by diagnosis and documentation requirements. Medi-Cal rules include a formulary list of “Code 1” drugs, ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $33.2 Million From Alere Inc.

Massachusetts medical device maker Alere Inc. will pay the United States $33.2 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged the company knowingly sold unreliable testing devices to hospitals. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland said that from 2006 to 2012, Alere sold its “Triage” cardiac testing devices to hospitals even when it knew that the devices provided unreliable results. Alere’s Triage devices are frequently used in emergency departments for the quick diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, drug overdose, and other serious conditions. The whistleblower lawsuit, filed by former Alere senior quality analyst Amanda Wu, ... Read More

SEC Whistleblower Gets Agency’s Highest-Ever Award

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Monday that one whistleblower who helped regulators with their investigations of securities violations will receive the agency’s highest-ever award of more than $33 million. In addition to the latest award, which exceeds the previous high of $30 million awarded to a whistleblower in 2014, the SEC said that two additional whistleblowers will share an award of nearly $50 million. “These awards demonstrate that whistleblowers can provide the SEC with incredibly significant information that enables us to pursue and remedy serious violations that might otherwise go unnoticed,” said Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC’s ... Read More

Whistleblower Suit Recovers $1 Million From USPS Contractor

A whistleblower was instrumental in helping the U.S. government recover more than $1 million from a government contractor that provided trucking services to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), federal officials said. Virginia-based Beam Bros. Trucking Inc. and its two principals agreed to pay the U.S. $1,025,000 to resolve allegations brought by a former employee who alleged the company was misusing government-provided fuel cards, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said. Beam Bros. was one of the trucking companies the USPS contracted to transport mail throughout the U.S. Under some contracts with trucking companies, the USPS provides “Voyager Cards,” which allow ... Read More