Monday, June 12, 2006
U.S. intervenes in Whistleblower Suit Against Abbott
The U.S. Justice Department announced Friday that it has intervened in a whistleblower suit filed against Abbott Laboratories Inc. (Abbott), alleging that the company violated the False Claims Act. In its complaint, the government alleges that Abbott-a pharmaceutical manufacturer that sells brand and generic drugs that are reimbursed by the Medicare and Medicaid programs-engaged in a scheme to report fraudulent and inflated prices for several pharmaceutical products, knowing that federal healthcare programs established reimbursement rates based on those reported prices.
Click the following link to read the Justice Department’s press release on joining the whistleblower suit.
Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 06/12 at 12:17 PM
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Tetra Tech settles Federal Billing Lawsuit
Tetra Tech Inc. has agreed to pay $95,000 to settle allegations that a company it purchased improperly billed the U.S. Missile Defense Agency from 2000 to 2003, according to the Huntsville (AL) Times.
The problems involved billing and time card records from 2000 to 2003 by the former California-based Engineering Management Concepts, which was acquired by Tetra Tech in late 2003. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the company did not appropriately divide time between the Missile Defense Agency and work performed for NASA and that some EMC employees did not keep proper time records.
Click on the following link to read the full story on the defense fraud settlement.
Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 06/08 at 12:35 PM
Oxygen Equipment Supplier agrees to $526 thousand Settlement
Lincare Holdings Inc., a home oxygen equipment supplier, has agreed to pay $526,000 to settle a federal whistleblower lawsuit that claimed three of the company’s Massachusetts facilities overbilled Medicare.
The government’s claims were based on allegations by former Lincare sales representative Susan Smith of Holyoke, MA. Smith, who worked for Lincare for seven months in 2002, will receive $96,680 of Lincare’s payment under provisions of the federal false claims act.
Click the following link to read Business Week’s account of the Medicare fraud settlement.
Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 06/08 at 12:27 PM
California County may cast Its Vote with Diebold Again
Nearly two years after suing Diebold for faulty, uncertified voting equipment, Alameda County, California may cast its vote with the Ohio-based company yet again.
According to the Contra Costa Times, county supervisors are scheduled to hold a special meeting today to choose a new voting system expected to be in place for this fall’s election. County elections officials are recommending the board choose a “blended” voting system—consisting of paper ballots with optical scanners, plus a touch screen at each polling place—made by either Diebold or Oakland-based Sequoia Voting Systems.
Although the new system would be different from the all-touch-screen Diebold system the county embraced five years ago—and filed a false claims action over soon after—it could commit the county to contracting with a company that already has left a bad taste in the mouth of voters and county officials alike.
Click on the following link to read the complete story on the Diebold-Alameda County situation.
Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 06/08 at 11:57 AM
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Gabelli reaches Settlement with Justice Department in Auction Fraud Suit
Lawyers for the Justice Department, securities investor Mario Gabelli and Lynch Interactive Corp. told a federal judge that they have settled a suit over wireless spectrum auctions, according to a story in RCR News published today. The suit accuses Gabelli of defrauding the U.S. government of at least $85 million by hiding his firm’s control of small firms that received bidding discounts for wireless licenses won at spectrum auctions during the 1990s.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Kennedy told U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty the Justice Department has signed off on the proposed settlement of the auction fraud litigation. Terms of the proposed settlement are expected to be made public June 29. Click on the following link to read the full story on the Gabelli fraud settlement.
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Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 06/06 at 02:17 PM