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Whistleblowers Recover over $200 Million for Taxpayers

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
This week the Department of Justice issued a series of press releases announcing settlements in several cases under the False Claims Act. The settlement of these cases, originally brought under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act, resulted in recoveries of over $200 million for the U.S. Taxpayers. The settlements are listed below: Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health … Continue Reading

D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh introduces whistleblower bill to curb tax evasion

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
District of Columbia Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced the "False Claims Act of 2013," which will amend the D.C. False Claims Act to permit whistleblowers to bring tax-related fraud claims. If enacted into law, the bill would permit whistleblowers to seek a qui tam or relator's share when the amount of uncollected tax is worth $350,000 or more, and brought against taxpayers who have an income above $1 million… Continue Reading

Record Recoveries under False Claims Act

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
  The Justice Department confirmed in a release issued on December 4 that it has been a record year for recoveries from the False Claims Act.  In fact 2012 garnered the DOJ the “largest annual recovery in Department history.” Most of the recoveries were from actions filed under the whistleblower/qui tam provisions of the FCA.  The DOJ release notes, “Of … Continue Reading

Whistleblower faces tax penalty for misreporting qui tam reward

Posted in Tax Justice for Whistleblowers
Albert D. Campbell worked for Lockheed Martin from 1981 to 1995. He worked as a financial analyst, and was promoted in 1989 to chief of cost control for the $3.5 billion LANTIRN project. The LANTIRN project built navigation and targeting pods for fighter jets. Between 1993 and 1995, Campbell used sophisticated analytic exercises to show that LANTIRN was wasting millions … Continue Reading

Study Released Today on State Whistleblower Laws

Posted in News
Today, the Public Employees for Envirnonmental Responsibility (PEER) released a study and ranking of state whistleblower laws.  PEER found that more than 20 states have broadened their whistleblower laws since 2006.  Please click here to read the highlights of the study. If you are looking for more information on state whistleblower laws please visit the new interactive map of the … Continue Reading

Supreme Court May Hear Case To Limit False Claims Act Recoveries

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
The Boston Globe is reporting that the Supreme Court is considering taking up a case that "might set new limits on whistle-blower lawsuits against drugmakers, biotechnology companies, and other businesses." The court has requested advice from the Department of Justice regarding the suit. The case in question deals with the False Claims Act and specifically whether FCA cases can be … Continue Reading

CBO Says Proposed False Claims Act Amendment Legislation Will Increase Government Revenue

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation
Last week the Congressional Budget Office released this report on the revenue-creating potential of current proposed legislation in the to amend the False Claims Act. Similar bills are now pending in the Senate (S. 2041) and the House of Representatives (H.R. 4854). This marks a turnaround in opinion for the CBO on this issue. In April, the CBO released a … Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Help DOJ Recover $1 Billion in Government Contractor Fraud Scams in FY 2008

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Healthcare, Legislation, News
Did you know that whistleblowers reporting under the False Claims Act have accounted for over $1 Billion in recovered federal and state taxpayer dollars this (fiscal) year alone?  This Marketwatch.com article details the biggest fraud recoveries in ’08, including hundreds of millions of dollars from companies such as Amerigroup, Merck, Bechtel, CVS, and Pratt & Whitney.  Despite these results, the False Claims Act … Continue Reading

Whistleblower News Roundup

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation, News
It’s been a week since our last post, and a lot has happened in the world of whistleblower protection since then. Here are some of the high (and low) lights: ITS OFFICIAL! The CPSC Reform Act (HR.4040/S.2663) will contain strong whistleblower protections for private sector employees who report safety violations to their managers or through the Consumer Product Safety Commission. … Continue Reading

AmeriGroup and CoxHealth Settle FCA Cases — Big Fraud Recovery for US Taxpayers

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Two False Claims Act Settlements were reported yesterday, totaling approximately $280 million in fraudulently obtained government contract money that is now being returned to the US taxpayers. Health insurance giant Amerigroup has settled with the governments of the United States and the State of Illinois, agreeing to pay $225 million plus legal fees. Amerigroup was exposed by whistleblower Cleveland Tyson, … Continue Reading

False Claims Act Correction Act (HR.4854) Approved by Committee

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation
Yesterday the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation to amend the False Claims Act, sending the measure along to be voted on by the full House of Representatives. Companion legislation (S.2041) was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee in April. The False Claims Act Corrections Act will help undo some of the damage that has been done to the FCA in … Continue Reading

Washington Post Reports That Hundreds of Contracting Scandals are Not Being Investigated

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
If you do the math on a Washington Post story yesterday it turns out the paper reported on what amounts to 225 scandals. The Justice Department told the Post there is a backlog of approximately 900 False Claims Act cases, and that the backlog could take years to unclog. Obviously the time involved can damage the ability to pursue even … Continue Reading

False Claims Act Correction Act (S.2041) Approved by Committee, Heading to the Senate Floor

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation
As was widely expected, the FCA Corrections Act was quickly approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, and will now face a fight on the Senate floor. Committee member Charles Grassley, who has been considered to be the father of the modern False Claims Act since resuscitating the law in 1986 , has shepherded the bill this far, with bi-partisan … Continue Reading