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Florida Vascular Surgeon Settles False Claims Allegations for $2.2 Million

A Florida vascular surgeon has agreed to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who claimed the doctor and his practice billed Medicare and other federal health care programs for vein ablation procedures that “contained false diagnoses and symptoms.” Dr. Irfran Siddiqui, owner of the Heart and Vascular Institute of Florida, will pay the U.S. $2.2 million to resolve the whistleblower lawsuit, the U.S. Attorney’ Office for the Middle District of Florida announced. According to the complaint, Dr. Siddiqui and his Davenport-based practice submitted false claims to Medicare and TRICARE from Jan. 2, 2011, to June 30, ... Read More

Whistleblower Case Recovers $14.5 Million From Finance of America Mortgage

A whistleblower was instrumental in helping the U.S. recover $14.5 million in Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insurance funds from Gateway Funding Diversified Mortgage Services, which Finance of America Mortgage LLC acquired in 2015. Debra McGeehan, a former quality control underwriter for Gateway, filed a lawsuit on behalf of the U.S. government under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. She alleges that Gateway knowingly originated and underwrote mortgage loans that did not qualify for FHA insurance. When borrowers defaulted on their mortgages, FHA (i.e. U.S. taxpayers) got stuck with the bill. Gateway participated as a direct endorsement lender (DEL) ... Read More

New York Law Firm Pays U.S. $6.1 Million to Settle False Claims Case

A New York law firm specializing in mortgage foreclosures has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $6 million to settle allegations that it caused the submission of false claims to Fannie Mae with inflated service expenses. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced the agreement, saying that Rosicki Rosicki & Associates and its wholly owned affiliates, Enterprise Process Service and Paramount Land, “systematically generated false and inflated bills for foreclosure-related and eviction-related expenses,” and then caused the submission of those expenses to Fannie Mae. Fannie Mae approved Rosicki to perform legal work in connection with ... Read More

Whistleblower Tips off Coast Guard to Ship’s Illegal Oil Dumping

Federal prosecutors said a whistleblower slipped a thumb drive containing videos showing a ship illegally dumping oil waste to U.S. Coast Guard inspectors, leading to a criminal conviction and a civil fine of $2 million for a Greek shipping company. According to a U.S. Department of Justice announcement, on Dec. 7, 2017, the Coast Guard boarded the Nave Cielo, a 750-foot-long oil tanker owned by Navimax of Piraeus, Greece. Prior to a formal inspection of the vessel near Delaware City, Delaware, a crewmember whistleblower gave the Coast Guard officers the thumb drive, which contained two videos depicting a high-volume discharge of dark-brown ... Read More

Whistleblower Sues Oregon DMV, Alleging Retaliation Over Sexual Harassment Complaints

A Salem, Oregon woman has filed a whistleblower complaint against the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles, accusing the agency of retaliating against her for reporting sexual harassment in the workplace. The whistleblower complaint was filed in Marion County Circuit Court Nov. 8 by a woman who worked for the Oregon DMV as a document specialist. The plaintiff’s position was a temporary one, but she was interviewing last year for a permanent position as office specialist within the DMV. It was on Dec. 8, after her second interview, that she says her troubles at the DMV began. According to the Salem ... Read More

Jury Awards LAFD Whistleblower $2.75 Million in Retaliation Case

A Los Angeles Fire Department whistleblower who allegedly faced severe backlash after speaking out against waste and fraud within his station has been awarded $2.75 million by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury. Stephen Meiche, who joined the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1980, said his LAFD colleagues ostracized him and subjected him to differential treatment that diminished not just his peace of mind but threatened his safety, NBC News Los Angeles reported. Mr. Meiche, a certified diver and diver instructor for the LAFD said his troubles started in March 2014 after he complained that members of the dive team ... Read More

Duke University Close To Settling Whistleblower Case

Duke University is nearing a settlement with the U.S. government that would resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging the Durham, North Carolina university received nearly $200 million in federal grants with applications and reports that included fake data. The settlement, which is expected to be disclosed in December, would bring to an end a lawsuit filed in 2015 by whistleblower Joseph Thomas, a former Duke biologist. Mr. Thomas sued Duke on behalf of the U.S. government, alleging that Duke biologist Erin Potts-Kant faked lab data that found its way into multiple other studies and papers, which provided the basis ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps Recover $5.1 Million In Medicaid Funds From Indiana Dental Chain

A whistleblower who sued an Indiana-based dental chain and its Kansas-based management company has helped the U.S. and Indiana recover $5.1 million in Medicaid funds. The whistleblower lawsuit named ImmediaDent of Indianapolis and Samson Dental Partners, LLC, which provided administrative services to the dental chain, as defendants. The complaint alleged that the companies submitted false claims to Medicaid by improperly billing tooth extractions as more costly surgical extractions, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky said in an announcement of the settlement. The whistleblower’s complaint also accused ImmediaDent and Samson of billing Medicaid for “deep cleanings” that ... Read More

Hospice Whistleblowers Ask Appeals Court to Hear Medicare Fraud Case

A group of whistleblowers is asking the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to revive their False Claims Act lawsuit accusing a New Jersey hospice provider of falsifying patient records to make them appear eligible for end-of-life care. Four former employees of Care Alternatives Inc. of Cranford, New Jersey, now known as Ascend Hospice, filed the whistleblower lawsuit in 2008, alleging the company pressured them and others to alter patients’ medical records to satisfy Medicare’s criteria for hospice eligibility. The whistleblowers claimed that the company rewarded employees who complied with the alleged activity with bonuses. Several False Claims Act lawsuits have ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $13.2 Million With Mortgage Fraud Case

A whistleblower has helped the U.S. government recover $13.2 million from Universal American Mortgage, a subsidiary of Lennar Homes that does business as Eagle Home Mortgage, in a settlement resolving allegations of mortgage fraud. The settlement with Eagle Home is the latest in a long series of mortgage fraud cases that the U.S. has litigated since the subprime mortgage crisis that helped plunge the U.S. into a deep recession. As with the other cases, many of which were initiated by a whistleblower action, the Eagle Home settlement resolves allegations that it falsely certified the mortgages it underwrote complied with Federal ... Read More