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Eva Gunasekera

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    • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
    • Ohio University, B.A. and M.A.
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Eva Gunasekera was the Senior Counsel for Health Care Fraud at the United States Department of Justice, the Office that supervises all False Claims Act cases in all 94 United States District Courts. In this role, she analyzed complex health care data sets, including Medicare and Medicaid payment data and trends, to identify potentially fraudulent practices in the health care space. Ms. Gunasekera is a long-time go-to qui tam attorney for uncovering and proving health care fraud schemes in the Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, VA and FEHBP programs. She now represents whistleblowers in all 94 United States District Courts.

She is uniquely skilled at getting a whistleblower’s case precisely the right attention at the Justice Department and other agencies. Her investigations have involved parallel criminal proceedings at the Justice Department and studying the compliance and whistleblower programs of health care organizations, including those subjected to Corporate Integrity Agreements and oversight by Independent Review Organizations, as required by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG).

Ms. Gunasekera has enforced anti-fraud laws and represented whistleblowers across industries:  pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, health care providers, hospitals, physicians, physician groups, laboratories, managed care, pharmacies, hospice and nursing home providers, home health, financial institutions, government suppliers, small businesses, automotive and defense contractors. Her deep health care fraud expertise includes these laws and programs:

  • The False Claims Act/The Whistleblower Law
  • The Stark Law—prohibiting financial rewards for physician-self referrals
  • The federal Anti-Kickback Law (AKS)—prohibiting financial rewards for referrals
  • All federal and state health care programs (Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, VA, FEHB)

Ms. Gunasekera is also a former member of the Justice Department-appointed Independent Corporate Compliance Monitor and Auditor for Volkswagen under its several-year Plea Agreement and Consent Decree with the United States Department of Justice.

Prior to joining the Justice Department, Ms. Gunasekera worked in private practice at two international law firms where she handled complex commercial litigation, administrative trials and pro bono work representing an individual seeking asylum and as a guardian ad litem.

Ms. Gunasekera handled cases that involved violations of the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law and all federal health care programs (Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, FEHB):

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