Wednesday, May 18, 2005
U of Miami to pay $3.89M to settle Medicaid suit
According to an account in the South Florida Business Journal, the U.S. government said it has recovered $3.89 million from the University of Miami on behalf of the Medicare and state Medicaid program in a case that came to light under the federal False Claims Act. A former Florida Medicaid employee filed the qui tam action alleging that UM double-billed and overcharged Medicaid through several of its outpatient clinics. For details, click here.
Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 05/18 at 01:30 PM
Friday, May 13, 2005
Oracle Pays $8 Million to Settle Whistle-blower Claims of Overbilling the US Government
US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan announced today that the federal government has settled civil claims arising out of a whistle-blower suit brought by a former Vice-President of North American Sales for Oracle University, a division of Oracle Corporation. The suit, unsealed late yesterday, alleged that Oracle had violated the False Claims Act in connection with billing the federal government for software training services. Oracle has paid $8 million to resolve the claims. Click here to read the full government press release on the settlement from PR Newswire.
Posted by Qui Tam Help Admin on 05/13 at 03:12 PM
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Pentagon Investigators Claim Virginia Company Used "Shell" Subsidiaries to Overbill Military
According to a story in yesterday’s Washington Post, Fairfax-based Custer Battles billed the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq for millions in charges from offshore companies that were subsdiaries designed to bilk the CPA of money through phony invoices. The Pentagon investigation that uncovered the alleged fraud was initiated by a whistle-blower suit. The Post report is based on hundreds of pages of documents provided by the whistle-blower’s lawyer. For the complete account, click here.
Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 05/12 at 06:47 AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Two Chicago Execs Indicted in Kick-back Scheme Uncovered in Whistle-blower Action
Two high-ranking Chicago executives were indicted and arrested yesterday on federal charges of influence peddling and corruption for allegedly shaking down applicants who sought to build new hospitals in the suburbs, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune. “It’s truly stunning what people will do when they are motivated by greed and backed by clout,’’ U.S. Atty. Patrick J. Fitzgerald said in announcing the indictment.
The indictments came down more than a year after reports surfaced that a federal whistleblower lawsuit filed under seal claimed Chicago businessmen used ties to the board to try to secure business from Edward Hospital. To read the full account, click here.
Posted by Qui Tam Help Admin on 05/10 at 05:32 AM
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Mail-order Medical Supply Firm Target of Federal Probe
Federal authorities are investigating a former Virginia company that provided medical supplies to customers around the United States for alleged overbilling of Medicare, according to a story in today’s issue of The Roanoke Times.
In addition to looking into Diabetes Self Care Inc., once headquartered in Roanoke, the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services are also investigating Matria Corp., the Georgia company that had been its parent company, according to documents filed in federal court in Roanoke. Federal authorities have evidence that the defendants submitted false claims to Medicare.
The investigation of the companies stems from a whistle-blower lawsuit that was filed against the companies under seal in 2002, according to court documents. A former employee at Diabetes Self Care, Sandra J. Clarke, claimed in the lawsuit that at least $45 million in fraudulent overbilling occurred from 1996 to 2002.
Clarke, who worked as a customer service supervisor during that period, estimated that about 40 percent of monthly shipments by Diabetes Self Care were fraudulent, according to the lawsuit. She claimed that the company had about 65,000 customers in its database, but that another 15,000 people who had died were still being sent supplies. Click here for the full story.
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Posted by Qui Tam Help Admin on 05/04 at 09:26 AM