It’s not always sunny for everyone on the Florida beaches. On January 30, 2023, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced that Al Clint LaRoche of West Palm Beach pleaded guilty to two counts of bank fraud involving more than $1 million from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan program.
Takeaway: The Eastern District of New York rules that the tax code gives relator’s counsel superpriority to False Claims settlement proceeds.
On Wednesday, November 9th, the Eastern District of New York ruled that fees owed to relator’s counsel must be paid before the relator’s tax lien,
- June 29, 2022
Takeaway: Recent qui tam settlement highlights the DOJ’s continued focus on fraud and abuse in the diagnostics industry and robust enforcement of the Anti-Kickback Statute.
Earlier this month, Snap Diagnostics LLC and two of its executives entered into a nearly $4 million settlement with the United States to settle two qui tam lawsuits.
Takeaway: This recovery makes it very clear that the federal government and whistleblowers continue to aggressively pursue fraud allegations involving the Medicare Advantage Program. We can expect to see robust enforcement and sizable recoveries to continue.
On August 30, 2021, the United States Department of Justice announced a $90 million settlement with Sutter Health and certain of its affiliates (collectively Sutter Health) relating to allegations that Sutter Health had defrauded the federal government’s huge Medicare Advantage (Part C) Program.
- Individuals should be wary of the Speaker Programs they choose to attend. Simply attending a Speaker Program where alcohol or an expensive meal is served can be viewed as remuneration in violation of the AKS.
- HCPs should be extremely selective of the Speaker Programs they choose to participate in.
- The District of Massachusetts issued the very first summary judgment decision in a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit involving a private equity (PE) firm. The decision provides valuable insight into how the FCA may apply to PE firms.
- Equity and board control will remain relevant,
2020 False Claims Act Recoveries: $2.2 Billion in Recoveries and Over $309M in Awards to Whistleblowers
- Over $300 million awarded to whistleblowers.
- Dip in recoveries reflects pandemic and economic challenges.
- Number of FCA filings hits a record.
- Healthcare continues to dominate FCA recoveries with kickbacks a major focus.
- Rebound in recoveries is likely as defendants regain financial footing.
On April 16, 2020, the Honorable William M. McSwain, United
States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, issued a sweeping
request for help in identifying companies and individuals who seek to “exploit
the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic for their own benefit.” The
Philadelphia United States Attorney’s Office has a long history fighting fraud.
On Sept. 27, the U.S. Department of Justice announced criminal charges against 35 individuals across various jurisdictions, allegedly involved in genetic testing fraud schemes that cost taxpayers over $2.1 billion.
The government asserted that the individuals had engaged in audacious schemes to target seniors and the disabled through the ordering of cancer genetic screening,
As seen on the EU blog, LawHealthTech.com:
Member States of the European Union, over the last several years, have passed a series of so-called “Whistleblower Laws.” These laws are being implemented allegedly to bolster anti-corruption efforts throughout Europe. While corruption is no stranger to either side of the Atlantic,