Jan 23, 2019 by |

California and San Francisco Whistleblower Attorneys: False Claims Act Cases in 2018

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Government Recovers Over $2.8 Billion

Whistleblowers Lead Recovery Efforts

Whistleblowers Initiated 75% of All Government FCA Recoveries

Whistleblowers carry the laboring oar in enforcing laws against false claims to the government. Of the $2.8 billion recovered by the government in 2018 in False Claims Act (“FCA”)[1]cases, $2.1 billion, or 75%, came from cases initiated by whistleblowers. For their efforts, whistleblowers received $301 million in awards during the year.  As well they should.  For the last nine consecutive years, the government has recovered over $2 billion in healthcare FCA cases alone, the vast majority of which (over 85%) were brought in the first instance by whistleblowers, not the government. [2]

The California and San Francisco whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent whistleblowers with information regarding violations of the FCA, cases before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for offshore tax avoidance and other tax fraud schemes, and securities fraud whistleblower cases before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). If you have credible information for whistleblower case or any other whistleblower case in California, call us today at (415)441-8669 and we can help.

The highest percentage of FCA cases came from the healthcare sector. $2.5 billion of the government’s 2018 FCA recoveries involved the healthcare industry.  Companies that defrauded the government under Medicare, Medicaid, and other government-sponsored healthcare programs included drug and medical device makers, managed care providers, hospitals, pharmacies, physician groups, laboratories, and hospice organizations.  In addition to combatting healthcare fraud, FCA whistleblower cases also led to recoveries against fraudulent contractors, product manufacturers, service providers, auditing firms, importers for false customs declarations, and oil and gas producers for underpayment of royalties due the U.S. government for natural gas production on federal land.

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If you have information of fraud against the government, act on it. We recommend you call an attorney before alerting the government with information regarding any fraud. Our lawyers handle healthcare fraud whistleblower cases, cases before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for offshore tax avoidance and other tax fraud 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] 31 U.S.C. § 3729.

[2] The importance of whistleblower FCA recoveries makes the Trump Administration’s recent initiative to dismiss FCA whistleblower cases particularly troubling.  We have written elsewhere on this concern.  Read our concerns at https://www.evanslaw.com/san-francisco-and-california-whistleblower-qui-tam-attorney-false-claims-act-cases/

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