Government Rewards Blowing The Whistle On Healthcare Fraud
Whistleblower Cases Under The False Claims Act
Under the False Claims Act (FCA),31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 et seq., the federal government rewards whistleblowers who present credible information of false claims made to the government for payments and reimbursements under programs like Medicare and Medicaid. The California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent whistleblowers/relators in FCA cases against healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, government contractors, product manufacturers, research institutions, and others who may commit fraud against the government by overcharging, billing for services or equipment that are never provided or are unnecessary, illegally referring patients to businesses in which the referring physician has an interest, false diagnoses, paying illegal kickbacks, and/or falsifying data in order to receive government payments or grants. 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.
In a recent announcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) , the government settled an FCA whistleblower case* with a nursing home chain which the suit alleged had overcharged the government for unnecessary rehabilitation services provided to residents. The allegations contended that the nursing home chain pressured facility directors to ensure therapists provided the most expensive therapy to all residents even though those services were not prescribed or necessary for those patients. The complaint also alleged that therapists were told to exaggerate their time records for these services. Three former therapists initiated the whistleblower suit and will share a $1,750,000 reward as part of the settlement.
Protection for Whistleblowers
Former employees such as those in the reported case may have credible information of false claims against the government. Federal law protects insiders/employees against retaliation from employers for blowing the whistle on fraud. If you are fired because you brought any fraud to light, you can fight back. You may be entitled to sue your employer in federal court and seek double back pay (with interest), reinstatement, reasonable attorneys’ fees, and reimbursement for certain costs in connection with the litigation. Our California whistleblower attorneys can represent you in any action for retaliation as well as represent you in your underlying whistleblower application.
Our whistleblower attorneys handle all types of whistleblower cases in addition to false claims cases, including cases for bank fraud under FIRREA/FIAFEA, commodity trading and securities fraud under the Commodities Futures Trading Commission Whistleblower Program and the Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower Program, and tax fraud under the Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Program. If you or a loved one has information regarding false claims, offshore tax avoidance schemes against the IRS, or securities and commodity trading fraud in violation of SEC and CFTC regulations, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other California whistleblower and false claims attorneys at Evans Law Firm at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.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 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.
- Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in the case in any way.