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December 2017 Archives

Whistleblower claim yields 6-state, $33-million fraud settlement

Seven years ago, two doctors stood up to powerful players in the emergency medical field by blowing the whistle on Medicare fraud. Their courage and hard work contributed to settlements of more than $33 million between two large physician groups and the Justice Department. As a result, the two whistleblowers will receive over $6.2 million.

Oncology providers to pay $26 million in False Claims Act case

Florida-based 21st Century Oncology provides integrated cancer care. It owns and operates affiliates and subsidiary clinics throughout the U.S., with doctors specializing in fields such as medical oncology, radiation oncology and urology. It has just settled two cases with the Justice Department for $26 million.

IBERIABANK to pay $11.7 million fine, whistleblowers to get 20 pct

"It is troubling when financial institutions, who have fiduciary responsibilities and are expected to conduct themselves as honest brokers, wrongfully exploit federally funded programs," said HUD's acting deputy inspector general as a major settlement was announced.

Supreme Court: Do Dodd-Frank whistleblowers have to go to SEC?

In most cases, whistleblowers have legal protections against retaliation. If you exercise your legal rights at work in good faith, for example, there are laws that prohibit your employer from firing you or taking other adverse job actions against you. If you report that your company is engaged in fraud against the government, you are not only protected from retaliation but also may claim a percentage of the recovered money as a reward. You should work with an experienced lawyer to ensure your rights are protected, but the law is on your side.

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