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Nov 15, 2018 by |

California and San Francisco False Claims Act Whistleblower Attorney: Healthcare False Claims

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False Claims Act Cases Against Healthcare Industry

Government Announces Another Large Whistleblower Settlement

With help from whistleblowers, the government pursues companies and contractors who defraud the government with false claims for payment or reimbursement. The majority of false claims come from the healthcare industry. Typically, whistleblowers initiate recovery actions that allege false claims for reimbursement, kickbacks, and other fraudulent schemes against Medicare and Medicaid.  When the government recovers funds, whistleblowers receive an award.  The California and San Francisco whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent whistleblowers with information of false claims submitted to the government by a variety of healthcare providers including pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, labs, clinics, hospitals, and physician groups.  If you have credible information for a false claims whistleblower case or any other whistleblower case in California, call us today at (415)441-8669 and we can help.

Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a $3.825 million settlement in a whistleblower case against a national vascular clinic for improperly billing non-reimbursable procedures for certain classes of patients and engaging in an illegal kickback scheme related to patient referrals for the procedure.[1]  Whistleblowers brought their case under the federal False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 37293733, and the Anti-Kickback Statute, 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b.  Defendants agreed to pay a minimum of $3.825 million, and could pay up to $18.36 million, if certain contingencies required by the DOJ are triggered.  The whistleblowers will receive a minimum of $612,000 as their share of the settlement.

If you are aware of a false claim against the government, you might miss out on a reward if you merely call a government office to report fraud. Do not make any calls to the government until you have consulted with counsel. To be eligible for a whistleblower reward under the False Claims Act and other whistleblower programs you must report the fraud through appropriate and timely court filings or an application addressed to the appropriate office of the applicable government agency.  This is where the California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm can help.  Out attorneys know the appropriate procedures for your type of allegation and know how to organize and present your credible, original information and documentation in the most effective way. 

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In addition to false claims whistleblower cases, our attorneys also handle whistleblower cases before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for offshore tax avoidance schemes, and securities fraud whistleblower cases before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). If you or a loved one has information regarding false claims in San Francisco or elsewhere in California, offshore tax avoidance schemes against the IRS, or securities fraud in violation of SEC and CFTC regulations, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other Evans Law Firm whistleblower and false claims attorneys at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:info@evanslaw.com”>info@evanslaw.com</a>. Our attorneys have experience with complex financial contracts and large insurance companies.  We can help guide your case through a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement.  We handle cases involving financial elder abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.

[1] Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in the case in any way.

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