“Because of the department’s continuing efforts to root out offshore tax evasion, Swiss banks are operating much differently today than they did just a few years ago, and the department’s Swiss Banking Program is a big part of that change,” said Acting Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates after DoJ announced the program's first settlement.
The Department of Justice announced that KMART Corp. (Kmart) will pay $1.4 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by using drug manufacturer coupons and gasoline discounts as improper Medicare beneficiary inducements.
On August 31, 2015, Corporate Crime Reporter announced that an IRS whistleblower received an award totaling $11.6 million for information that led to tens of millions of dollars in recoveries.
Quest Diagnostics, Inc. will pay nearly $1.8 million to settle allegations that the company fraudulently performed duplicative lab tests and double billed Medicare for the procedures. Former Quest Diagnostics employee Eliza Martinez filed the whistleblower suit and receive $358,000 for her efforts.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced an $8 million settlement with five defendants stemming from a whistleblower complaint filed under the New York state False Claims Act. The suit alleged that SpecialCare Hospital Management Corporation and 4 other defendants, defrauded Medicaid and Medicare by illegally referring patients to unlicensed drug and alcohol treatment in exchange for kickbacks.
“Using public funds to lobby for a non-competitive extension of a contract is simply unacceptable,” said Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman of the Department of Energy.
This Week in Fraud is a peek into the world of whistleblowing and incentivized integrity programs. Each week we highlight important case settlements, industry developments, and general points of interest. Take a moment and see what is happening this week in fraud.
It’s the same old story. A foreign drug safety regulator identifies serious data integrity issues provided by an Indian company. Yet, instead of investigating the accusations in a transparent manner, the Centre predictably cries foul.
Corporate whistleblowers and whistleblower lawyers’ integrity does not simply disappear when the ink on a settlement dries – many whistleblowers and attorneys have paid it forward, using their financial rewards to help others.