$160M Whistleblower Settlement with Mail-order Diabetic Testing Company

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"Free" glucometers, waived co-pays and claims made for dead patients. An Antioch call center whistleblower alerted the U.S. government to a bundle of Medicare false claim schemes in a suit that led this week to the largest settlement in Middle Tennessee history. It did not feel right. It was too hard of a sell, too much beat into our heads about the limited things we could or couldn't do. It just didn't feel right. So I did a little bit of reading. Greg Goodman, 59, knew something was off wh...
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Health Management Whistleblower Wins Nearly $1 Million in Fees

False Claims Act whistleblower Bradley Nurkin is entitled to $959,713 in attorneys’ fees and expenses for his role in bringing about a $260 million settlement with Health Management Associates LLC for federal healthcare fraud in September 2018, a Florida federal court said. Nurkin received $15 million under the settlement involving allegations that Health Management paid kickbacks for doctor referrals and billed healthcare programs for inpatient services that should have been billed as o...
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SEC Rewards $6 Million to Joint Whistleblowers

Washington D.C., Dec. 1, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of over $6 million to joint whistleblowers whose information and assistance led to the successful enforcement of SEC and related actions. The whistleblowers’ substantial assistance, provided to the SEC and another government agency, included submitting documents, participating in interviews, and identifying key individuals involved in the misconduct. “The whistleblowers’ information led to multipl...
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Whistleblower awarded $114,000,000

Washington D.C., Oct. 22, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of over $114 million to a whistleblower whose information and assistance led to the successful enforcement of SEC and related actions.  The $114 million award consists of an approximately $52 million award in connection with the SEC case and an approximately $62 million award arising out of the related actions by another agency.  The combined $114 million reward marks the highest awa...
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Guaranteed Rate Pays $15 Million to Resolve Allegations It Knowingly Caused False Claims to Government Mortgage Loan Programs

Guaranteed Rate Inc. has agreed to pay the United States $15.06 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA) by knowingly violating material program requirements when it originated and underwrote mortgages insured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or  guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department o...
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NASA Contractor Agrees To Pay $375,000 To Settle False Claims Act Liability

Orlando, FL – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces today that United Paradyne Corporation has agreed to pay the United States $375,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims to NASA for assembling and cleaning rocket launch systems that it had failed to perform.  The settlement relates to United Paradyne’s agreement to provide NASA with certain ground support equipment designed to support NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS...
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$8.5 Million Recovery from Moody’s

Moody’s has reached a settlement with New York-based law firm Kirby McInerney after it was accused of underpaying New York State and New York City business taxes between 2002 and 2014. Moody’s is alleged to have mischaracterised its income as premiums to its captive, Moody’s Assurance Company (MAC).  Kirby McInerney secured an $8.5 million recovery in the case, after a whistleblower who was formerly employed by Moody’s sounded the alarm in 2018. The settlement is unusual in tha...
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$4.8 Million Paid Violating False Claims Act

Caldwell University Agrees To Pay More Than $4.8 Million To Resolve Allegations Of Violating False Claims Act NEWARK, N.J. – Caldwell University has agreed to pay the United States more than $4.8 million to resolve allegations that it engaged in a fraudulent scheme to defraud a federal education benefit program, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. “Caldwell University tried to hoodwink the Department of Veterans Affairs and, worse, veterans themselves, by claiming to offer onlin...
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$950,000 to Settle Medicare Billing Fraud

San Diego Eye Doctors Pay $950,000 to Settle Medicare Billing Fraud Allegations SAN DIEGO – Mark D. Smith and Fane Robinson, two San Diego-area physicians, have paid the United States $948,768.18 to resolve allegations that they violated the federal False Claims Act by knowingly submitting false claims to Medicare. Dr. Smith and Dr. Robinson are medical doctors specializing in ophthalmology.  They maintain a medical practice in San Diego known as San Diego Retina Assoc...
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Six Charged by SEC International Fraud Schemes

SEC Charges Six Individuals in International Microcap Fraud Schemes The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged six individuals and their companies with participating in schemes that allegedly generated more than $35 million of illegal sales of stock in at least 45 microcap companies. The charges contained in two complaints reflect investigations by staff in the SEC’s New York and Boston offices, and assistance from multiple regulators outside the U.S. According to one SEC...
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