As of October 1, 2009, 25 States have enacted their own State False Claims Acts. Most of the State False Claims Acts are modeled after the federal False Claims Act, and provide that qui tam whistleblowers can bring claims on behalf of the state.
The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) recently issued a report finding widespread problems with the quality of audits conducted by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”). The DCAA under the Department of Defense (DOD) Comptroller plays a critical role in defense contractor oversight by providing auditing, accounting, and financial advisory services in connection with DOD and other federal agency contracts and subcontracts.
The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently reported an increase in the number of whistleblower complaints it has received under the new IRS Whistleblower Law that was enacted in 2006. The IRS Whistleblower Law enables private individuals to report: (1) underpayments of tax; and (2) persons otherwise guilty of violating the internal revenue laws.
The United States Government has established a new website that allows citizens to track stimulus spending under the Recovery Act. This interactive website allows stimulus spending to be tracked by state and/or zip code.
On Jan. 7, 2008, the New Jersey Legislature joined then 20 other states and the District of Columbia in passing its version of a civil false claims act. The New Jersey False Claims Act, which is modeled on the Federal False Claims Act, allows whistleblowers (often referred to as “Qui Tam Relators”) to blow-the-whistle on those businesses and individuals who submit false or fraudulent claims to the State of New Jersey.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) has agreed to pay the government $8.3 Million to settle allegations that it illegally paid kickbacks to cardiologists and caused the submission of false claims to Medicare, according to a press release from the United States Department of Justice.
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