Kickbacks For Use of Surgical Devices
Whistleblowers Rewarded For Blowing Whistle
Kickbacks for medical referrals or the use of medical devices violate the Anti-Kickback Statute, and, when the government is paying for the services, the False Claims Act. 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b; 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 et seq. The government rewards whistleblowers who blow the whistle on violations of these laws. The Marin County and California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent individuals with credible information of illegal kickbacks or any type of fraud against the government, including healthcare fraud. If you have credible information for a whistleblower or qui tam case, call the whistleblower/qui tam attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. today at (415) 441-8669.
In one recently unsealed whistleblower case (not a case in our firm), the complaint alleges that a manufacturer of spine devices paid surgeons kickbacks to use their devices in operations paid for by the government under Medicaid and Medicare and other government-sponsored health plans. The government has decided to intervene in the case. According to the government, the kickbacks, disguised as “consulting” payments, amounted to over $8 million. Three former employees and salespersons initiated the action as a whistleblower/qui tam lawsuit. If the government recovers, the whistleblowers stand to receive 15-30% of the recovery as a reward.
Insiders like employees, former employees, and salespersons may witness fraudulent billing or kickback schemes in operation. If you have original information of this kind of fraud or any other fraud being perpetrated against the government here in Marin County or elsewhere in California, call Ingrid M. Evans and the other whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. If your employer retaliates against you for blowing the whistle on fraud, our litigators can also represent you in any action for wrongful termination. Remedies include reinstatement, double back pay plus interest, special damages, and attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred in bringing your case. 31 U.S. § 3730(h)(2).
If you or a loved one has information regarding a whistleblower or qui tam case of false claims for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, or bank fraud under The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA/FIAFEA), securities fraud under the Commodities Futures Trading Commission Whistleblower Program and the Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower Program, other False Claims Act cases, the Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Office, the FINRA Whistleblower Office or the California False Claims Act, contact Ingrid M. 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.