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Customs Fraud Whistleblower Cases on the Rise

The recent settlements of various False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases involving customs fraud bode well for increased enforcement and prosecution of U.S. customs laws.  This month alone, two cases were settled alleging that importers had undervalued imported goods as part of a scheme to fraudulently evade customs duties owed to the U.S. Government.  Because the […]

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IRS Pays $104 Million Whistleblower Reward—Largest Whistleblower Payment By IRS Ever

From James Bond movies to today’s political debates, the “Swiss Bank Account” has always held an extreme veil of mystery.  The stereotype is that extraordinarily wealthy individuals—often with money that has not been legally acquired—hide their fortunes in secret and inaccessible Swiss bank accounts.  While the truth about these bank accounts is often less dramatic […]

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United States Agrees to Intervene in False Claims Lawsuit Against Japanese and US Companies

Last week, the Department of Justice announced its decision to intervene in a False Claims Act lawsuit against Japanese company Toyo Ink Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and its three US subsidiaries.  The subsidiaries are Toyo Ink International Corp., located in New York; Toyo Ink America LLC, located in Illinois; and Toyo Ink Manufacturing America LLC, located […]

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Noble Jewelry Limited to pay $3.85 Million for Decade Long Customs Fraud Scheme

On August 31, 2011, the Manhattan US Attorney’s Office announced that the United States had filed and simultaneously settled a civil customs fraud lawsuit against Noble Jewelry Limited, an international jewelry company based in Hong Kong, and its related New York State corporations.  The qui tam lawsuit was filed under the False Claims Act by a whistleblower […]

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Accountant Who Tipped-Off IRS About Tax Fraud Receives $4.5 Million Reward; The First Award Issued By The IRS Whistleblower Office

An in-house accountant disclosed a tax fraud scheme by his former employer, a financial services firm, to the IRS that ultimately resulted in the IRS recovering approximately $20 million in unpaid taxes, penalties, and interest.  As a reward for disclosing the fraud, the whistleblower received a $4.5 award under the IRS Whistleblower Program.  This is the […]

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Verizon Pays $93.5 Million To Resolve Allegations That It Overcharged Government Under Telecommunications Services Contracts

On April 5, 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Verizon Communications, Inc. has paid the Government approximately $93.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act alleging that the company improperly invoiced the Government Services Administration (GSA) for a variety of federal, state, and local taxes and surcharges in violation […]

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New York Attorney General Plans To Use New Whistleblower Law To Crack Down On Tax Fraud

Last summer, then senator Eric Schneiderman shepherded through the New York legislature a bill to expand the state’s whistleblower statute to include tax fraud.  Now, as the state’s new attorney general, Mr. Schneiderman has pledged to use the law to aggressively pursue tax evaders.  Under the law, a citizen can bring a lawsuit against an […]

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For-Profit College Grand Canyon Education Agrees To Pay $5.2 Million To Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit

On August 18, 2010, the for-profit college Grand Canyon Education, Inc. announced that it will pay $5.2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that the company’s compensation practices with respect to its enrollment counselors were improper and violated the False Claims Act.  The qui tam lawsuit was filed in August 2007 by a then-current Grand […]

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Mobil Gas Agrees To Pay $32.2 Million To Settle Lawsuit Alleging It Underpaid Royalties On Federal And American Indian Land Leases

On April 5, 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it has entered into a settlement agreement with Mobil Natural Gas Inc. and its affiliated entities to resolve allegations that the companies violated the False Claims Act by underpaying royalties owed pursuant to Federal and American Indian land leases.  Gas companies are required to […]

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