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April 2018 Archives

Whistleblower awarded $3.3 million in major False Claims Act case

When Medicare patients could reasonably be treated on an outpatient basis but are admitted for inpatient care, the result is more expense for the government with no reason to expect a better outcome. Furthermore, patient admitting decisions should always be made for medical reasons, not to drive up reimbursements.

Whistleblower to receive $1.1 million in Lance Armstrong case

In 2013, cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to using banned substances to win his record seven Tour de France titles between 1999 and 2005. In 2012, an investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency found that Armstrong and a number of his teammates had used the substances. Unfortunately, Armstrong was representing the U.S. Postal Service during six of his victorious tours, and that led a teammate to blow the whistle under the federal False Claims Act, claiming that Armstrong's doping was a fraud on the government.

SEC issues $2.2 mln whistleblower award under 'safe harbor' rule

Under the Securities and Exchange Commission's "safe harbor" rule, securities law whistleblowers can receive awards even if they submit their information to another agency, as long as they submit it to the SEC within 120 days. When they do so, the SEC will treat the information as if it had been submitted properly in the first place.

Takata whistleblowers to get $1.7 million from bankruptcy fund

The Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act may not be completely up to speed, but three former Takata employees will still get their awards. They blew the whistle on the auto parts manufacturer in the largest recall in automotive history. The recall involves faulty air bag inflators installed by 19 automakers into millions of vehicles.

False healthcare claims could be worth $4 billion in damages

When we think of fraud we often think of fraud and enforcement, we often think of federal laws and agencies. However, a new health care fraud whistleblower case that is making headlines in New York City is being pursued under state law. What does the case entail and how is state law working in this case?

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