Large Cancer Treatment Chain Settles Whistleblower Case for $26 Million
Stark Law and False Claims Act Suit
Whistleblower/qui tam cases brought under the federal False Claims Act (FCA) often involve false claims for reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid. In addition to the FCA, the federal Stark Law prohibits physician referrals of a Medicare or Medicaid patient to a health services provider if the referring physician has a financial interest in that provider. According to a recent announcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ), a national cancer treatment chain entered into a $26 million settlement of a large whistleblower action brought under the FCA and Stark Law. The San Mateo County and California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm represent whistleblowers with similar claims under the federal and California False Claims Acts, including cases of government contractor fraud, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, whistleblower cases of tax avoidance schemes and securities and investment fraud. If you have credible information for a whistleblower or qui tam case, call the San Mateo County and California whistleblower/qui tam attorneys at Evans Law Firm Inc. today at (415) 441-8669.
The FCA entitles private individuals, acting as whistleblowers or “relators,” to bring private actions against parties who have committed violations of the self-referral prohibition of the Stark Law or submitted false claims to the government for reimbursements or contract awards. In the recently settled case federal prosecutors joined a former executive whistleblower who brought the suit alleging defendants falsified records and received illegal remuneration from self-referrals. The suit also alleged that defendants had falsified medical billing records in furtherance of their scheme.
The whistleblower in this case will receive a whistleblower award from the government. The whistleblower’s efforts at uncovering the wrongdoing paid off. While the Evans Law Firm was not involved in this case in any way, whistleblower/qui tam cases like this one are long and complex. Cases begin with original and credible information of false claims supported by hard evidence and documentation supporting the information. Ingrid Evans and the other California whistleblower/qui tam attorneys at Evans Law Firm represent whistleblowers with cases brought under the False Claims Act, Stark Law, US tax laws against tax avoidance schemes, and securities fraud claims under Securities and Exchange Commission rules. The whistleblower/qui tam 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 San Mateo County or elsewhere in California of false claims for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, violations of the Stark Law, other false claims or kickback schemes involving government contracts, or cases 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.