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PPP Whistleblowers Are Key to Stopping Fraud

The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), created as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is a crucial Covid-19 relief effort. Because the program is vulnerable to fraud whistleblowers are key to ensuring that taxpayers are not defrauded. The PPP gives monetary assistance to...

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First PPP Fraud Whistleblower Case Settles with the DOJ

Last week, the US Department of Justice announced its first civil settlement of False Claims Act allegations against a PPP borrower. We are likely to see more PPP fraud cases under the new administration, particularly because new funds are being made available to distressed businesses as part of the...

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Whistleblowers Are Key to Fighting Pharmaceutical Fraud

Doctors, pharmacies, and pharmaceutical companies can make millions of dollars through prescription drug fraud. These schemes cost the taxpayers money because many drugs are paid for by government programs like Medicare or Medicaid and can hurt people everywhere by making insurance and health care more expensive for everyone. Whistleblowers are...

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How to Blow the Whistle Safely

State and federal laws provide robust protections to whistleblowers. However, you cannot use these laws if you cannot keep yourself safe. Your safety and security should always be a whistleblower attorney’s top priority. Here are some tips about how to safely blow the whistle. Confidentially Talk to a Civil...

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Can a Terminated Employee Be a Whistleblower? Yes.

Certain whistleblower laws require the whistleblower to show that they provided non-public information in order to receive a whistleblower award. This requirement leads many prospective whistleblowers to ask whether they can be a whistleblower after being fired.  A fired employee can be a whistleblower. In fact, fired employees are sometimes...

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Whistleblower Receives $3.9 Million for Revealing Medicare Fraud

On December 18, the Justice Department announced that drug company Biogen, Inc., agreed to pay $22 million to settle a False Claims Act case related to Medicare fraud. Charities Used to Hide Copay Kickbacks When a Medicare patient buys a prescription drug covered by Medicare, they may have to...

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Can a Whistleblower Remain Anonymous?

A study conducted by the Ethics Resource Center found that 62 million Americans have witnessed fraud or misconduct at work. Whistleblowers are key to combatting this widespread corporate corruption. Many people who see corporate wrongdoing rightfully fear that speaking up will cost them their jobs and livelihoods. This is a...

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Whistleblowers Are Key to Fighting Hospice Fraud

On December 9, the Los Angeles Times published a bombshell investigation exposing a huge increase in health care fraud at hospices in California. Los Angeles County is home to the largest number of hospice providers in the country. Unfortunately, many of these providers don’t have the best interests of their patients at heart....

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$1.27 Million Whistleblower Award in False Claims Act Case

Department of Justice Reaches False Claims Act Settlement Based on Whistleblower Tip On December 3, the Department of Justice announced that it had entered into a settlement with Workrite Ergonomics, LLC, a Delaware company, and its parent, Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Co. related to claims brought by a False...