Private Citizens Brings Suit For Alleged Overbilling
False Claims For Medicare Payments
Case Settles For $117 Million
Under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 et seq., private citizens can bring suits on behalf of the United States government to recover from corporations defrauding the government under payment programs like Medicare. The California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent whistleblowers/relators in FCA cases against any type of business that defrauds the government for payments and reimbursements, including healthcare providers that submit false claims for Medicare reimbursement. If you have credible, original information for a false claims case or any other whistleblower case in California, call us today at (415)441-8669 and we can help.
In a recent settlement of eighteen related whistleblower cases*, a large psychiatric hospital chain settled allegations that for a period of twelve years the hospital chain provided Medicare patients with levels of treatment that their conditions did not require, extended patient stays in order to collect more from the government, improperly used chemical and physical restraints, and failed to provide adequately trained staff to handle patients. In addition to a settlement payment of $117 million, the chain also agreed to annual, independent reviews of its inpatient practices.
Protection From Employer Retaliation
Federal and California State law protects employees who blow the whistle on fraud from being retaliated against. 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h)(federal); Cal. Gov’t Code § 12653 (California). If you employer retaliates against you for bringing fraudulent conduct to light, you may be entitled to sue for double back pay (with interest), reinstatement, reasonable attorneys’ fees costs incurred in your suit. Our California whistleblower attorneys can represent you in any action for retaliation as well as represent you in your underlying whistleblower application.
False Claims Act whistleblower cases are not the only kind of whistleblower cases our firm handles. Our whistleblower attorneys also represent private citizens who report 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, or securities and commodity trading fraud, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a>.
*Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in any of these cases in any way.