Attorney General Charges Over 400 in Huge Fraud Case
Justice Department Cracks Down on Medicare Fraud
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that over 400 physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in 20 different States were being charged in a string of healthcare fraud cases. The cases entail over $1.3 billion in fraudulent transactions. Often, these cases are uncovered by whistleblowers, especially cases of false claims against the government for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. We at Evans Law Firm have experienced whistleblower (also known as qui tam) lawyers who work with these types of healthcare fraud and False Claims Act (FCA) cases every day. If you or a loved one has information regarding invalid or false claims under the Medicare or Medicaid programs, call the Evans Law Firm today at (415)441-8669 and we can help. California also has a False Claims Act for false claims against the State of California and our attorneys have vast experience with State cases as well.
Today’s announcement is huge. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said the roundup involved 29 field offices and more than 300 agents. All of the criminal charges involved opioids – illegal prescriptions of opioids, overbilling, overprescribing, phony prescriptions for resale on the streets, and money laundering. The enforcement effort comes as the country continues to battle a fatal epidemic of prescription drug abuse, much of it involving opioids. “The nation is in the midst of a crisis,” McCabe said. “Opioid abuse destroys lives.” Abuse of the expensive painkillers often leads addicts to cheaper and often-lethal alternatives like heroin or fentanyl. Last year, an estimated 59,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses, many of them linked to opioid abuse, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The breaking story reveals that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is really focused on healthcare fraud. That’s where whistleblowers come in and that’s where Evans Law Firm has the know-how. Last year in total the DOJ recovered more than $4.7 billion in whistleblower/qui tam cases brought under the False Claims Act. Most of these cases fell under the government’s Medicare and Medicaid programs. Over 700 whistleblower or qui tam suits were initiated during last year alone. The rewards for whistleblowers are big. In the past six years, the government has awarded $3 billion to individual whistleblowers for their credible information. You should know, however, that whistleblower cases are lengthy and extremely complex. Our experienced whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm know what the government looks for in these cases and can effectively guide a case through initial contact with government agents, application, investigation and discovery and trial. Hard evidence and documentation is essential and at Evans Law Firm we know what you’ll need to bring your case forward to government recovery and a bounty for you, the whistleblower.
If you have information regarding Medicare or Medicaid fraud including under the Medicare Advantage program or any false claims against the government or tax avoidance schemes against the IRS and are looking to be a whistleblower in any California county, contact the Evans Law Firm whistleblower/qui tam attorneys at (415) 441-8669, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our attorneys have experience with complex qui tam or whistleblower cases, tax avoidance and securities fraud cases, complex financial contract cases and cases against 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.