Rehabilitation Services Company Settles Whistleblower Case for $6 Million
False Claims Act Suit
Whistleblower/qui tam cases brought under the federal False Claims Act (FCA) often involve false claims for payment under government programs like Medicare and Medicaid. In a recent settlement announced by the Department of Justice, a rehabilitation services company settled a large whistleblower action against it for false billing under Medicare. Evans Law Firm was not involved in this case in any way. California whistleblower attorney Ingrid Evans and the other attorneys at Evans Law Firm do, however, represent whistleblowers with claims under the federal and California False Claims Acts, including cases of government contractor fraud, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, and whistleblower cases of tax avoidance schemes and securities and investment fraud. If you have credible information for a whistleblower or qui tam case, call Ingrid Evans and the other California whistleblower/qui tam attorneys at Evans Law Firm Inc. today at (415) 441-8669.
The False Claims Act (FCA) entitles private individuals, acting as whistleblowers or “relators,” to bring private actions against parties who have submitted false claims to the government for reimbursements or contract awards, or, as here, alleged accounting misrepresentations around Medicaid eligibility rules. In the recently settled case federal prosecutors joined the whistleblower and alleged that defendant provided rehabilitation services at unreasonable levels, that were not medically necessary, and were unsupported by patient medical records. Claims submitted for payment for those services were thus false according to the whistleblower and government allegations. There were no determinations of liability under the $6 million settlement. In addition to paying $6 million the service provider agreed to a five-year corporate integrity agreement with the government.
Whistleblower/qui tam cases are long and complex. This particular case involved years of discovery and investigation. Whistleblower or qui tam cases begin with original and credible information of false claims and include hard documentation and other evidence supporting that information. Ingrid Evans and the other California whistleblower/qui tam attorneys at Evans Law Firm have experience representing whistleblowers with cases brought under the False Claims Act, US tax laws against tax avoidance schemes, and securities fraud claims under Securities and Exchange Commission rules. California whistleblower attorney Ingrid Evans and the other attorneys at Evans Law Firm know what the kind of evidence the government looks for in these cases and know how best to structure, organize, and present your evidence and documentation through initial application or complaint, discovery and investigation, and trial and/or settlement negotiations.
If you or a loved one has information regarding a whistleblower or qui tam case in any California county brought under the False Claims Act for Medicare and Medicaid fraud or other false claims or under the Internal Revenue Code for prosecution of tax avoidance schemes including offshore schemes, contact Ingrid 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.