The DoJ has announced that Pfizer will pay $785 million to settle False Claims Act violations of their subsidiary company Wyeth. Through a period from 2001 to 2006, Wyeth failed to report discounts to Medicaid that they were offering hospitals for two of their stomach acid reducing drugs, Protonix IV and Protonix Oral. This led to Medicaid overpaying for these drugs by scores millions of dollars, to the detriment of the program and taxpayers, and to hospitals routinely switching patients from a prescribed drug to another similar drug, sometime to the detriment of patient health.
Fraud never sleeps. That’s one message to take-away from the “Ed4Mil” scam unbundling right now.
The IRS estimates the annual tax gap to be $406 billion, based on data from 2008-2010.
TAXPAYERS AGAINST FRAUD TOUTS 30-YEAR SUCCESS OF WHISTLEBLOWER LAW IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPT GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS
Attorney General Luther Strange (R) believes that empowering Alabama with its own False Claims Act would be a substantial benefit for the struggling Medicaid program, and for the state at large.
Freedom Mortgage Corporation has settled a DoJ-initiated case with the U.S. Department of Justice for $113 million.
Benford’s Law is named for the Depression-era physicist who discovered (or rediscovered) that the expected frequency of digits in large lists of numbers is not even.
The Washington state legislature has renewed the Medicaid Fraud False Claims Act, which was set to expire on June 30.
Florida Pain Medicine Associates have settled a False Claims Act case for $1.1 million. The organization had ordered unnecessary nerve conduction studies, which measure the speed of conduction of an electrical impulse through a nerve, and billed Medicare for the procedures.
Oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar were heard on Tuesday.
The TAF Education Fund filed an amicus curiae brief in this case, with the assistance of Jennifer Verkamp of Morgan Verkamp. TAFEF had filed an earlier amicus, in support of the whistleblowers, in the First Circuit.