Settlement Of Large Whistleblower Healthcare Fraud Suit
Costly Services Never Provided
Case Manager Brings Fraud To Light
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 under Medicare and Medicaid. The California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. can represent whistleblowers in FCA cases against nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, labs, pharmaceutical companies, government contractors, and others who bill the government for services never provided or unnecessary, make illegal referrals, submit false diagnoses, pay kickbacks, sell unapproved medications, falsify data or commit other fraudulent acts. 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.
Healthcare fraud schemes include billing the government for costly procedures and services that are never provided or admitting ineligible patients for care and services paid for by the government. In one recent settlement of eighteen related whistleblower suits*, a large hospital chain settled allegations brought by a case manager that the chain allegedly billed for costly therapy sessions that never took place and admitted ineligible patients for hospital stays in order to collect more reimbursement from the government. The suit settled for $117 million, and the whistleblower stands to receive a reward from that amount.
Protection for Whistleblowers
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. 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h). Our California whistleblower attorneys can represent you in any action for retaliation as well as represent you in your underlying whistleblower application.
Ingrid M. Evans and our other 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 have 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:email@example.com”>firstname.lastname@example.org</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.
*United States ex rel. Parent-Leonard v. Forest View Psychiatric Hospital, et al., Case No.1:18-cv-1426 (W.D. Mich.). Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in the cited case or any of the related cases in any way.