A military contractor that manufactures helicopter landing systems for U.S. Navy destroyers has recently settled a claim that it knowingly substituted cheaper steel than the Navy contract specified but still billed for the contract amount. This violated the federal False Claims Act, according to the Justice Department. Indal Technologies, Inc., a division of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation, has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve the allegations.
When someone blows the whistle on fraud, waste or abuse in federal programs, they can often receive as a reward a substantial portion of any money recovered on behalf of the government. This is called the qui tam provision of the federal False Claims Act. In a recent pair of consolidated False Claims Act cases, the whistleblower will receive a reward of $5,411,521.
Medicare Advantage plans are owned and operated by private organizations called Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs). Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in and obtain healthcare through these plans. Unlike in traditional Medicare, MAOs are not paid based on services rendered but instead receive a fixed monthly amount for each beneficiary's care. Since some patients require more care than average, payments from Medicare to MAOs are "risk adjusted" to reflect the beneficiary's health status. In other words, MAOs receive higher payments for patients whose conditions require more care.
Non-compete agreements protect businesses from unfair competition when an employee leaves the company. The agreements typically include language that prevents sharing trade secrets or using your unique skills to help the competition for a specific length of time.
The federal government intervened in eight False Claims Act lawsuits and brought criminal charges against Health Management Associates, LLC (HMA), a hospital chain that has since been sold. According to the Justice Department, HMA engaged in a scheme to defraud the U.S. The allegations include:
Richard O. was an employee of Lockheed Martin Corporation working for Mission Support Alliance (MSA) in August 2009. Lockheed Martin Services, Inc. (LMSI), a Lockheed Martin subsidiary, and MSA were hired by the Department of Energy to perform environmental cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington. Through a subsidiary, Lockheed Martin was one of the owners of MSA, as well.
Who are the most popular fraud targets? The U.S. and state governments. Why? Governments cannot possibly police each of their millions of transactions. But beware you Medicare false claimers, overcharging defense contractors, sales tax skimmers, and bill-padding construction contractors. An explosively growing army of honest employees await to blow the whistle on those illegally slicing your tax dollars into their own pockets. Host Bart Jackson invites noted qui tam (whistleblowing) super-attorney Andrea Fischer to reveal how upright citizens with an aggressive judiciary are bringing cheating firms to justice. Founder of the Fischer Legal Group, Andrea cites specific cases, describes the whistleblowing process and the retaliation protections. Tune in and learn about those valued individuals who refuse to tolerate corruption in our democracy.