February 26, 2024
PPP Fraud in the Hospitality Industry: Hotel Owner Pleads Guilty After Successful Whistleblower Claim

In recent news out of Kansas City, Missouri, a former Overland Park, Kansas resident, now residing in Lawrenceville, Georgia, has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from fraudulent activities under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Mirza Michael Reazuddin, 66, admitted guilt before U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to one count of […]

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February 24, 2023
False Claims Act: Medical Center Pays Millions to Settle Medicare Fraud Allegations

On February 22, the United States Attorney’s Office announced that Cornerstone Healthcare Group Holding Inc. and CHG Hospital Medical Center LLC agreed to pay the United States more than $21 million to resolve claims that the company violated the False Claims Act by improperly billing Medicare. Cornerstone Healthcare Group allegedly billed for unauthorized services as […]

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February 10, 2023
False Claims Act and Pandemic-Related Fraud

The Department of Justice recently announced that three California companies have agreed to pay a total of $530,000 to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by abusing the Paycheck Protection Program, more commonly known as “PPP” during the pandemic. One of the companies, La Baguette, a bakery located in Palo Alto, allegedly […]

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February 3, 2023
Pennsylvania Senators to Reintroduce Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Act

On January 31, Pennsylvania senators Kristin Phillips-Hill and Lindsey M. Williams announced that they plan to reintroduce legislation this session that will serve as a Pennsylvania False Claims Act. The Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Act for Taxpayer Accountability (“CFPA”) as it’s called was introduced last session and modeled after the Federal False Claims Act. This year […]

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February 3, 2023
False Claims Act: Aerospace Company Inflate Rates Charged to Government

On January 24, 2023, the United States Attorney’s Office announced that Triumph Actuation Systems, a company that designs and manufacturers mechanical and actuation components for commercial and U.S. military aircraft and military systems agreed to pay $478,586 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act. The federal government alleged that from April 1, […]

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February 3, 2023
False Claims Act: Customs Fraud

On January 30, the United States Attorney’s Office released a statement announcing that International Vitamin Corporation (“IVC”), a leading importer of dietary supplements agreed to settle one of the largest cases ever involving customs fraud under the False Claims Act. IVC will pay the United States government a whopping $22.8 million dollars to resolve claims […]

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January 27, 2023
False Claims Act: Illegal Kickbacks

On Friday, January 20, the Department of Justice released a statement that medical device manufacturer DePuy Synthes, Inc., a subsidiary of conglomerate Johnson & Johnson, agreed to pay approximately $9.75 million to settle allegations that DePuy violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act by providing an orthopedic surgeon with $100,000 worth of free products […]

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January 20, 2023
Supreme Court to Decide if SafeCo Standard Should Apply in False Claims Act Cases

The United States Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on two consolidated cases involving alleged False Claims Act (“FCA”) violations by supermarket pharmacies. The whistleblowers in the two cases, U.S. ex rel. Proctor v. Safeway, Inc. and U.S. ex rel. Schutte v. SuperValu Inc., allege that the defendant pharmacies violated Medicare/Medicaid regulations, and overcharged […]

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January 20, 2023
False Claims Act and PPP Loans

It seems like an eternity ago, but during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the United States government implemented the Paycheck Protection Program, more commonly known as PPP, to provide cash flow assistance to small businesses through 100% federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintained their payroll during the pandemic. PPP was part of the […]

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January 9, 2023
Tech Insiders Ideal Whistleblowers under DOJ’s Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative

In October of 2021, the Department of Justice launched the Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative (the “Initiative”). The Initiative is an effort by the Biden administration to increase security over the federal government’s data and digital systems after the April 2021 security breach of government contractor SolarWinds’ software. The SolarWinds breach allowed hackers to access the Cybersecurity […]

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