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Dec 20, 2018 by |

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

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False Claims Act Cases for Overcharging

Government Settles Large Whistleblower Suit Against Compounding Pharmacy

Whistleblower Rewarded

Healthcare fraud against Medicare, Medicaid, and other government health care programs amounts to billions of dollars every year. Overcharging for drugs and procedures is a major type of this fraud.  Whistleblowers bring most of the healthcare fraud recovery actions under the federal False Claims Act and the government rewards them when there is a recovery or settlement.  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, skilled nursing facilities, 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.

The government recently settled a large drug overcharging case which illustrates how whistleblowing can pay off.[1] The suit alleged that a compounding pharmacy charged as much as 10,000 percent more for a compounded pain cream prescribed for certain uniformed service members and their families covered under TRICARE than it charged the general public.  (TRICARE is the government’s health care program for service members.) TRICARE’s costs for compounded drugs has risen from $5 million in 2004 to $1.75 billion for fiscal 2017.  Fraud associated with compounding pharmacies has similarly risen and the government is actively investigating numerous fraud cases in the sector.  The government settled this most recent case for $1.2 million and the whistleblower will receive $264,000 as part of the settlement. 

Protect Your Chances For A Reward

We recommend you call an attorney before alerting the government with information regarding any false claims. 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.  Our 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. 

Contact Us

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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