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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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Z Gallerie LLC To Pay $15 Million In Settlement Of False Claims Act Lawsuit Alleging Evasion of Customs Duties in Furniture Imported from China

The United States Attorney in Savannah, Georgia recently entered in to a settlement of a False Claims Act lawsuit against Z Gallerie LLC. Headquartered in Gardena, California Z Gallerie LLC is a privately owned retailer of home accessories and furniture with stores across the nation. Pursuant to the settlement, Z Gallerie LLC will pay $15 […]

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Pharmaceutical Giant Pfizer, Inc. To Pay $785 Million In Settlement Of Qui Tam Lawsuit Alleging that Subsidiary Wyeth LLC Engaged in Fraudulent Antacid Drug Rebate Scheme

Department of Justice (DOJ) recently entered into a settlement of a qui tam lawsuit against Pfizer, Inc. and its subsidiary Wyeth LLC.  Pursuant to the settlement, Pfizer will pay $784.6 million. According to the allegations of the case, from 2001 to 2006, Wyeth engaged in healthcare fraud by failing to inform Medicaid about the discounts […]

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Government Contractor Hayner Hoyt Corporation Admits To Violations Of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Set-Aside Regulations; Will Pay $5 Million To Settle False Claims Act Case

Hayner Hoyt Corporation of Syracuse, NY, and several executives in its leadership team, admitted wrongdoing in connection with the settlement of a False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit that alleged a scheme targeted at the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Hayner Hoyt allegedly created a sham company, 229 Constructors LLC, in order to procure contracts […]

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Four Pennsylvania-based Companies and Owners Settle Customs and Shipping Fraud Lawsuit for $3 Million; Plead Guilty to Related Criminal Charges

Earlier this week, Ameri-Source International Inc., a Pennsylvania-based company, and three other related companies, agreed to settle a qui tam lawsuit for $3 million. The False Claims Act lawsuit alleged that Ameri-Source International Inc. evaded so-called “antidumping” duties on several shipments of small-diameter graphite electrodes that originated from the People’s Republic of China. An antidumping […]

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Stericycle Settles for $28.5 million in Qui Tam Action; Healthcare Whistleblower to Collect $5.5 million

The Northern District of Illinois approved the $28.5 million final settlement of the action styled US ex rel. v. Stericycle, Inc., 1:08-cv-02390 (N.D. Ill) earlier this month. Stericycle, an international medical waste disposal company, was accused of artificially inflating its prices by 18% for its state and federal government customers, totaling to almost $12 million […]

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Centerra Services International Inc. Settles Qui Tam Lawsuit That Alleged Fraudulent Billing Practices At Military Bases In Iraq; Agrees to Pay $7.4 Million

The Department of Justice (DOJ)  recently announced the settlement of a qui tam lawsuit against security services company Centerra Services International Inc. (formerly known as Wackenhut Services LLC) in relation to their violation of the False Claims Act.  According to the allegations of the case, from 2008 to 2010, Wackenhut engaged in government programs fraud […]

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Nursing Home Therapy Provider, Kindred/Rehabcare, Agrees to Pay $125 Million To Settle Qui Tam Lawsuit Alleging Medicaid and Medicare Healthcare Fraud

On January 12, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that RehabCare Group Inc., RehabCare Group East, and their parent company, Kindred Healthcare (Kindred/Rehabcare) agreed to pay the government $125 million to settle a qui tam lawsuit alleging that it violated the false claims act (FCA) by knowingly causing its skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to […]

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International Ocean Cargo Carrier Agrees to Pay $9.8 Million in Settlement of False Claims Act Lawsuit Alleged That It Overbilled the Government

On October 27, 2015, APL Limited, an ocean carrier based in Scottsdale, Arizona, agreed to pay the government $9.8 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) when it allegedly failed to adhere to a Department of Defense (DOD) contract to provide GPS tracking of containers shipped to Afghanistan. APL also […]

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