Illegal Kickbacks: Cash, Trips, Gifts, And Free Equipment
The Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act Suit
The FBI estimates that fraud under the federal government’s Medicare and Medicaid programs amounts to $75 billion to $250 billion every year. In each of the last ten years, individual whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act (FCA) have helped the government recoup billions of this lost money. Healthcare fraud includes false billing, upcoding, sales of unapproved drugs, illegal referrals and kickbacks. The California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent individuals with credible information of any type of fraud against the government, including healthcare fraud. If you have credible information for a whistleblower or qui tam case, call the whistleblower/qui tam attorneys at Evans Law Firm Inc. today at (415) 441-8669.
Whistleblowers are particularly effective in blowing the whistle on illegal kickbacks under government medical programs. For example, recent whistleblower suits involve hospitals paying kickbacks to specialists for referrals, pharmaceutical companies paying kickbacks on drug prescriptions, device manufacturers paying kickbacks on orders, and payments to patient “recruiters,” like social workers referring homeless patients for government-paid treatment programs. Kickbacks include cash, free trips, expensive gifts, low rent, free software, and office space and equipment at below-market rates. All such kickbacks are illegal when made in exchange for a medical referral. 42 U.S.C. § 1320a.
Insiders like employees, former employees, and bookkeepers are individuals who may witness illegal kickback schemes in operation. If you have original information of this kind of fraud or any other fraud being perpetrated against the government, call Ingrid M. Evans and the other whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. Our lawyers know how best to assemble and present your evidence or wrongdoing with a chance at an award of 15-30% of amounts the government recovers. If your employer retaliates against you for blowing the whistle on fraud, our litigators can also represent you in any action for wrongful termination. Remedies include reinstatement, double back pay plus interest, special damages, and attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred in bringing your case. 31 U.S. § 3730(h)(2).
If you or a loved one has information regarding a whistleblower or qui tam case of false claims for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, securities violations, or cases under the Internal Revenue Code for prosecution of tax avoidance schemes including offshore schemes, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a>. Our attorneys have experience with large whistleblower cases, complex financial contract litigation, and large insurance companies. We can help guide your case through whistleblower false claims applications, discovery and investigation, a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We also handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.