The False Claims Act is widely acknowledged as the most important tool for uncovering fraud. The majority of fraud cases filed by the government are triggered by whistleblower disclosures. Recent press releases from the Department of Justice report that whistleblowers in five separate cases recovered a total of more than $398 million for U.S. Taxpayers. These cases were originally brought under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act. The settlements are listed below:
DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc., one of the leading providers of dialysis services in the United States, has agreed to pay $350 million to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to induce the referral of patients to its dialysis clinics, the Justice Department announced today. DaVita is headquartered in Denver, Colorado and has dialysis clinics in 46 states and the District of Columbia.
A Plus Home Health Care Inc. and its owners, Tracy Nemerofsky and her father, Stephen Nemerofsky, have agreed to pay $1.65 million to the United States to settle allegations that A Plus paid spouses of referring physicians for sham marketing positions in order to induce patient referrals, the Justice Department announced today. A Plus is a home health care company located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Continue Reading