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Whistleblowers Awarded $31.25 Million in Settlement with Hanford Nuclear Reservation Contractors for Allegations of Illegal Lobbying and Nuclear Quality Violations

In 2013, whistleblowers Walter Tamosaitis, Donna Busche, and Gary Brunson, all former managers of the Hanford Site vitrification project, filed a sealed complaint in federal court. The case alleged nuclear quality violations, illegal lobbying and the misuse of taxpayers’ money by contractors Bechtel National and AECOM. After a three year investigation, the case was unsealed […]

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Life Care Centers of America, Inc. Agrees to Settle Qui Tam Lawsuit Alleging that the Nursing Home Company Billed Medicare and TRICARE for Unnecessary Medical Services; Agrees to Pay $145 Million

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the settlement of a consolidated False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit that was filed against private nursing home company Life Care Centers of America, Inc. (“Life Care”). The lawsuit alleges that, between January 2006 and February 2013, Life Care engaged in health care fraud by submitting false claims to […]

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Tenet Healthcare to Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit That Alleged That Hospitals Paid Pre-Natal Clinics for Medicaid Referrals; Agrees to Deal Worth $514 Million

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the settlement of a lawsuit that was filed against hospital chain Tenet Healthcare Corporation (“Tenet”) in relation to the company’s violation of the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”) and Georgia’s False Medicaid Claims Act (“FMCA”). Specifically, the settlement is the result of a qui tam lawsuit that alleged […]

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Vibra Healthcare To Pay $33 Million To Settle Qui Tam Lawsuit That Alleged Healthcare Fraud in Medicare Billing Practices

Vibra Healthcare (“Vibra”) recently settled a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit which alleged that, between 2006-2013, at least six of the company’s medical facilities billed Medicare for expenses related to admitting Medicare beneficiaries and administering treatment that was medically unnecessary. The lawsuit was filed under the FCA’s qui tam provision by a former employee of […]

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Qui Tam Whistleblowers Successful in $11 Million Settlement of False Claims Act Lawsuit Against Marinello Schools of Beauty

For-profit beauty school chain Marinello Schools of Beauty was sued for allegedly defrauding the federal government through embellished and often falsified claims of enrollment, post-graduate employment, and entitlement to federal funding. Marinello officials stated they “strongly and categorically” deny the allegations made in the suit, calling them “utterly false” and adding that the settlement did […]

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Medicaid and Medicare Fraud Allegations Resolved with a $3.28 Million Settlement by the Estate of Dr. Kenneth Michael Rice and UMC Physicians

On August 8, 2016 U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas announced the resolution of a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit that alleged Medicaid and Medicare fraud by Dr. Kenneth Michael Rice and UMC Physicians. Both parties have agreed to pay a total of $3,280,000.00 to the United States and the State of […]

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California-Based Information Technology Companies Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit Alleging That They Misrepresented Company as a Small Business to Receive Specialized Federal Contracts; Agree to Pay $5.8 Million

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled a False Claims Act lawsuit with information technology companies En Pointe Gov., Inc., En Pointe Technologies Inc., En Pointe Technologies Sales Inc., Dominguez East Holdings LLC and Din Global Corp. (“En Pointe companies”). The lawsuit alleged that En Pointe Gov. Inc. fraudulently represented itself as a small business in […]

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Renown Health Agrees to Pay Government $9.5 Million for Alleged Medicare Fraud

On June 30, 2016, Renown Health, one of the nation’s largest healthcare facilities in Reno, Nevada, agreed to pay the Government $9.5 million to settle a qui tam lawsuit alleging that Renown Health violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by knowingly and consistently overbilling the government for out-patient services at a much more costly in-patient […]

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U.S. Department of Justice announces $64 Million Settlement with M&T Bank for Mortgage Underwriting Violations

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that M&T Bank has agreed to pay the United States $64 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by knowingly underwriting unqualified mortgage loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).  The FHA alleged that M&T Bank misused government programs designed to expand homeownership, […]

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Two of the Largest Shipping Companies in the U.S. Agrees to Pay the Government $13 Million for Violating the False Claims Act by Overbilling the DOD for Shipping Costs

Menlo Worldwide Government Services of San Mateo, California (Menlo), and Estes Forwarding Worldwide LLC of Richmond, Virginia (Estes), have agreed to pay the U.S. Government $13 million for allegedly violating the False Claims Act (FCA) by overbilling the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for air shipments that were shipped by ground and for submitting inflated […]

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