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The latest news on what’s happening in the world of the False Claims Act and the IRS, SEC and CFTC whistleblower programs.  

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| Nicholas Feeney

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. 

FCA | Mylan, Chris Van Hollen, Ersparniskasse Schaffhausen AG, Medicare Part D, IRS
| Nicholas Feeney

There has been quite a bit of news in recent years about US companies “inverting” – companies reincorporating or merging their company abroad to dodge U.S. taxes – and most of that news has centered around the tax avoidance strategy known as Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich. This scheme has allowed some of the most profitable companies in the United States to relocate their corporate headquarters overseas and as a result, avoid billions in taxes. 

IRS | Dr. Miriam Ramirez, IRS, House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaskan Native Affairs, Puerto Rico
| Nicholas Feeney

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. 

FCA | Canada Revenue Agency, Lance Armstrong, Corinthian Colleges, Trinity, Arne Duncan
| Anonymous (not verified)

A federal judge has ordered Dallas-based Trinity Industries to pay $683 million in a whistleblower case that accused the company of defrauding the U.S. government. Single damages were pegged at $175 million and tripled to $525 million by a jury. The judge also hit the company with over 16,000 violations at $8,250 each, for an additional total of $138.4 million. In addition, the judge ordered the company to pay nearly $20 million to cover whistleblower Joshua Harman’s legal expenses.

| Trinity, declined case, record, guardrail, trial, litigated, penalties
| Nicholas Feeney

Taking the Penny Pledge is not only a way of showing support for whistleblowers – it’s also a way for law firms and whistleblowers to signal they are planning for success and are committed to making a real difference in this area of the law.

FCA | Begelman & Orlow, PC, The Cohen Law Group, Tycko & Zavareei, LLP, Vogel, Slade & Goldstein, Wilbanks & Bridges
| Nicholas Feeney

More than 10 settlements were announced in May netting approximately $658 million! This pushes recoveries over $1 billion for the just the last two months alone. We also witnessed a bit of history, as the DaVita Healthcare Partners settlement became the largest non-intervened settlement to date.  

FCA | false claims act, DaVita, Express Scripts, PharMerica
| Anonymous (not verified)

What They're Saying About the IRS Whistleblower Program

| IRS whistleblower program, IRS, Grassley, Koskinen
| Nicholas Feeney

Former PharMerica Pharmacy Operations Manager, Jenny Denk Buth, filed the qui tam suit after unsuccessfully raising her concerns to the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case is significant because it alleges both violations of the Controlled Substances Act and claims damages sustained under Medicare Part D.

 
FCA | Nola Hitchcock Cross, The Cross Law Firm, Jenny Denk Buth, false claims act
| Nicholas Feeney

Stir two other ingredients into the mix: seniors with spare time on their hands, a number of whom are sure to be do-gooders, and a “Senior Medicare Patrol” program sounded like a sure-fire winner to stop fraud.

 
Investigation | Senior Medicare Patrol Program, Main Justice, false claims act