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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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Leading Medical Device Company, Olympus Corporation of the Americas, Settles Kickback Charges For An Historic $646 Million Dollars

The biggest settlement in U.S. history under the Anti-Kickback Statute was recently entered into by Olympus Corporation of the Americas (“Olympus”), a medical device company headquartered in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Olympus settled related civil and criminal charges for a substantial $646 million dollars. The complaints allege that the company engaged in various kickback schemes to […]

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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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Goldman Sachs To Pay $5 Billion To Settle Mortgage-Backed Securities Fraud Claims

Goldman Sachs is the latest of a string of financial institutions to reach a settlement with federal and state officials to resolve allegations of fraud in connection with the underwriting and sale of mortgage-backed securities.  The firm recently announced that it has agreed to pay a total of $5 billion to resolve these allegations.  The […]

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