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Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $1.7 Million in Bogus Medicare Claims

A whistleblower has helped the U.S. recover more than $1.7 million from Allegiance Health Management, Inc., a Shreveport, Louisiana-based hospital owner and manager, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week. Ryan Ladner, a former employee of an Allegiance-owned hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, filed suit on behalf of the U.S. government, alleging the company submitted and caused other hospitals to submit False Claims to Medicare for services that were “not medically reasonable or necessary,” federal officials said. Mr. Ladner filed the complaint under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, a longstanding federal law that allows private parties to ... Read More

Walmart Pays $825,000 to Settle Whistleblower’s Medicaid Allegations

Walmart Stores and Sam’s Club have agreed to pay the U.S. and Minnesota $825,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the federal and state False Claims Acts for violating Medicaid rules for automatic prescription refills. U.S. Attorney Gregory Brooker and Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson jointly announced the settlement, which they said stemmed from a lawsuit filed by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act. Minnesota is one of about 20 states that does not allow Medicaid beneficiaries to have their prescription drugs automatically refilled. Instead, the state’s Medicaid program, called Medical Assistance, requires beneficiaries to request refills. The state’s ... Read More

Whistleblower Case Leads To $114 Million Judgement Against Ex-Diagnostic Lab CEO, Others

Three whistleblower lawsuits played a key role in a $114 million judgment against Health Diagnostics Laboratory CEO LaTonya Mallory and two other individuals who allegedly co-conspired to pay physicians kickbacks for patient referrals and causing the submission of false claims to Medicare for diagnostic tests that patients didn’t need. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the government intervened in the whistleblower lawsuits and consolidated them in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina. During a two-week jury trial, federal prosecutors presented evidence that Ms. Mallory and co-defendants Floyd Calhoun Dent III and Robert Bradford Johnson paid kickbacks to doctors disguised ... Read More

Whistleblower Key in Recovering $1.2 Million From Florida Pain Clinic

A doctor who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against a Jacksonville, Florida-based pain management clinic was instrumental in helping the U.S. government recover more than $1.2 million for Medicare, TRICARE, and other federally subsidized health care programs. U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez of the Middle District of Florida said Riverside Spine & Pain Physicians agreed to pay the U.S. $1,204,415 to settle a complaint filed by Dr. Carissa Stone, a former employee of the clinic. Dr. Stone filed the lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, alleging the clinic billed Medicare and other U.S. health care programs for ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps New York Recover $4.3 Million From Beer Distributor

A whistleblower was instrumental in helping New York state land a $4.3 million settlement with Oak Beverages Inc., a beer and wine distributor that allegedly defrauded the state of nearly $2 million in bottle deposits. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood and Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe announced the settlement, saying that the company admitted it falsely inflated the number of empty bottle returns it received. State authorities investigated the whistleblower’s allegations and determined that the company failed to turn over approximately $1.86 million in unpaid deposits to the state — a violation of the state’s Bottle Bill. Additionally, ... Read More

Whistleblower will be compensated by roofing contractor for Wrongful Termination

A whistleblower who lost his job with a Georgia roofing contractor because he cooperated with federal safety authorities investigating the company will receive back wages and other compensation. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) filed a lawsuit against Jasper Contractors Inc. of Kennesaw, Georgia on behalf of a former safety director who claimed he was fired after he cooperated with an OSHA investigation by providing the agency with a statement and safety documentation. The federal agency was investigating safety-related issues concerning work the company was performing in Florida. OSHA alleged the roofing company violated the whistleblower or anti-retaliation ... Read More

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Battle With Vape Company

Federal authorities have ordered a California-based e-juice producer to reinstate and compensate a whistleblower who claimed he was fired in retaliation for reporting health and safety violations. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it ordered Mr. Good Vape LLC of Chino, California to reinstate the whistleblower and pay him $110,000 in compensation. The agency said the whistleblower, a former company manager, reported his concerns about the e-juice producer’s use of certain ingredients to the California Department of Environmental Protection. E-juice is the liquid used in e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. Mr. Good Vape, which calls itself a ... Read More

Whistleblower: Ohio Cyberschool Manipulated Data to Keep Overpayments

Education officials in Ohio are reviewing a whistleblower’s allegations that a now-defunct online charter school manipulated its attendance numbers so it could hold onto millions of dollars in state overpayments. The Associated Press reports that a former technology officer of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), once the state’s largest online charter school, told Ohio Department of Education regulators that school officials ordered staff to inflate student attendance records with ActivTrak software it started using after the state demanded that it return $60 million in overpayments for the 2015-2016 school year. The whistleblower also stated his concerns about the alleged ... Read More

JetBlue Ordered to Reinstate and Pay Damages to Flight Attendant

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has called for the reinstatement and repayment of a JetBlue Corporation flight attendant who was terminated by the company for pointing out safety issues on one of the company’s planes. This order will require JetBlue to clear the flight attendant’s personnel file as well as pay $143,783.66 in compensatory damages, attorney fees and back pay. The order also requires the company to make all of their employees fully aware of their whistleblower protections. In July 2015, one of the passengers aboard a flight service from John F. Kennedy International Airport gave a flight ... Read More

SEC Awards ‘Safe Harbor’ Whistleblower $2.2 Million

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has awarded a whistleblower more than $2.2 million for tips that led to a successful enforcement action against a company for violations of securities laws. This latest SEC whistleblower award is unique in that it was the first such award paid under the SEC’s “safe harbor” rule, which accommodates whistleblowers who submit tips and other information to another federal agency before reporting it to the SEC. The “safe harbor” provision of the Exchange Act Rule provides that if a whistleblower submits information to another federal agency and then submits the same information to ... Read More