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Jun 15, 2024 by |

San Francisco Whistleblower Attorney: California-Based Nursing Home Chain And Two Executives To Pay $7M To Settle Alleged False Claims


Improper Claims For Payments Allegedly Submitted

$7 Million Settlement

Whistleblower To Receive Over $1.2 Million Reward

Fraud against the government costs taxpayers billions every year and the majority of fraudulent claims submitted to the government for payment arise from the healthcare sector.  To combat this fraud, private citizens help the government recover billions of dollars every year from those submitting false claims for government payments.  The cases are brought in federal courts throughout the country under the False Claims Act, (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq.  The private individuals bringing the cases are referred to as “relators,” and the cases themselves are called “qui tam” cases. If the government recovers, the individuals bringing the lawsuits are eligible for rewards. 31 U.S.C. § 3730(d).   Relators of fraudulent conduct are often employees or managers, or former employees or managers, or (in healthcare cases) patients of the business engaging in the fraud.  Much fraud occurs in the healthcare field and false claims to the government are often accompanied by other infractions such as illegal kickbacks for medical referrals prohibited by the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law.  42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b (Anti-Kickback Statute); 42 U.S.C. § 1395nn (Stark Law).  If you have credible information of fraud against the government in violation of the FCA in San Francisco or elsewhere in California, call us today at (415)441-8669 and we can help. Our toll-free number is 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267).

Recent Settlement[1]

The United States and the State of California have reached a $7,084,000 civil settlement with a nursing home chain and two corporate executives for knowingly submitting false Medicare Part A claims for nursing home residents. During the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to conserve hospital beds, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services waived the requirement that a person must have had a hospital stay of at least three days (signaling an acute illness or injury) before reimbursing for skilled care in a nursing home. The United States and the State of California alleged that the defendants knowingly misused this waiver by routinely submitting claims for nursing home residents when they did not have COVID-19 or any other acute illness or injury, but merely had been near other people who had COVID-19. Under the settlement, the defendants will pay $6,841,727 to the United States and $242,273 to the State of California, plus interest.

“The Justice Department is committed to protecting the integrity of taxpayer-funded programs,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “We will hold accountable those who sought to defraud such programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those who knowingly misused emergency waivers for personal gain.”  This investigation was prompted by a lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The settlement agreement in this case provides for the whistleblower to receive $1,204,280, plus interest, as its share of the settlement. 

Starting A Qui Tam Action

Any False Claims Act whistleblower case begins by a relator filing a complaint under seal in the federal court usually for the United States District Court for the district where defendant is located or does business. At the same time, the relator submits a disclosure to the DOJ outlining the material evidence the relator has of the alleged false claims. 31 U.S.C. § 3730(b). The seal period of the complaint lasts 60 days during which the DOJ investigates the claims.  31 U.S.C. § 3730(b)(2). (If necessary, the government can, and often does, extend the 60-day period during which the allegations are kept under seal.)  If the government decides to intervene in the case, the government essentially takes over the litigation. 31 U.S.C. § 3730(c)(1).   If the government declines to intervene, the relator may proceed with the litigation on his or her own.  31 U.S.C. § 3730(c)(3).

Contact Us

If you have credible information of government fraud in San Francisco or elsewhere in California, call Ingrid M. Evans at (415) 441-8669, or toll-free at 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267) or by email at <a href=””></a>.  In addition to FCA and CFCA whistleblower cases, Ingrid and Evans Law Firm, Inc. also handle bank fraud whistleblower cases 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. 

[1] Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in the case in any way. 

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