Hospice Chain Settles $12.2 Million Whistleblower Case
Whistleblower Reveals Massive Kickback Scheme
A large hospice chain recently settled a whistleblower (also known as a “qui tam”) case alleging large scale violations of the False Claims Act (FCA). The FCA allows private citizens to initiate whistleblower or qui tam actions where the individual has information regarding false claims submitted to the federal government. Often the false claims are requests for reimbursement under the government’s Medicare and Medicaid programs. California has a similar state statute for false claims submitted to the State of California. If you have information of a false claim submitted to the federal government or to California, please contact the experienced whistleblower/qui tam attorneys at Evans Law Firm today at (415)441-8669.
This most recent case uncovered years of large kickback and other fraudulent schemes under Medicare and Medicaid. Whistleblowers alleged that a group of hospice companies gave nearly $3 million in “sham loans, a free equity interest in another entity, stock dividends, and free rental space,” to a physicians group in exchange for referrals. In another alleged scheme, lasting over seven years, the hospice companies purportedly gave cash and other valuables to medical providers in exchange for referrals. Both schemes were extremely complex and took years to unravel and bring to settlement. Whistleblower cases are almost always like that: they are complicated and move slowly through investigation and discovery. We at Evans Law Firm know what the government wants to see in terms of orderly, credible information and documentation. We can help.
Whistleblowing, while difficult, can be rewarding. The whistleblowers in this case stand to receive a large bounty for their information. If you have credible information of a fraud, and the documentation to support it, seek the advice of experienced counsel such as the qui tam lawyers at Evans Law Firm. These cases are always complex and the reporting rules are very stringent. Also, know that your case will take time; whistleblower cases take years from initiation to conclusion. If you have credible information regarding a whistleblower case, call the whistleblower/qui tam attorneys at Evans Law Firm today at 415-441-8669. The consultation is free, and the rewards of reporting wrongdoings can be immense.
If you or a loved one has information regarding a whistleblower case, contact the Evans Law Firm whistleblower attorneys at (415) 441-8669, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our attorneys have experience with complex whistleblower cases brought under the Federal and California False Claims Acts. We can help guide your case through investigation, a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We also handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, securities and investment fraud, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.