Pill bottles and money representing medicare fraud.

Federal Government Uncovers $150 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

A federal jury recently found four Michigan physicians guilty of Medicare fraud for their roles in a scheme that involved administering unnecessary treatments to patients in exchange for medically unnecessary prescriptions. The doctors required patients to receive the injections in order to get the prescriptions, and some of these were resold on the street by […]

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Two attorneys and whistleblower discussing False Claims Act complaint.

Common False Claims Act Whistleblower Mistakes

Under the False Claims Act, which is one of the country’s most protective whistleblower laws, people can receive financial rewards for reporting specific types of fraud perpetuated against the federal government. The following types of fraud are covered under the act:  Colluding to collect money from the federal government for fraudulent claims, Purposely failing to […]

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Collage of faces, including one whistleblower.

What Is Whistleblower Retaliation?

The federal government relies on whistleblowers to sound the alarm on fraud. Unfortunately, whistleblowers sometimes face retaliation from employers for doing the right thing. Retaliation can take on many forms, and it is prohibited by several federal laws, including the False Claims Act. In most cases, companies can be held accountable for retaliating against employees […]

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Department of Justice Indicts and Charges Founder of Russian Bank with filing false tax returns after he renounces his U.S. citizenship

Oleg Tinkov, founder of a Russian bank was arrested last week in London in connection with an indictment charging him with filing false tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson for the Northern District of California, and Internal Revenue Service […]

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Cardinal Health pays SEC $8 million to end charges its subsidiary paid bribes to Chinese government employed healthcare professionals

Cardinal Health, Inc. has agreed to pay more than $8 million to resolve charges with the SEC that it violated the books and records and internal accounting controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). According to the SEC’s order, Cardinal’s internal accounting controls were not sufficient to detect improper payments made by employees […]

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Securities and Exchange Commission rejects Wilshire Phoenix bid for Bitcoin based exchange traded fund (ETF)

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejected Wilshire Phoenix’s bid for a bitcoin-based exchange-traded fund (ETF). In SEC Ruling, the Commission concludes that NYSE Arca has not met its burden under the Exchange Act and the Commission’s Rules of Practice to demonstrate that its proposal is consistent with the requirements of Exchange Act Section […]

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Attorney and anonymous false claims act whistleblower.

Can a False Claims Act Whistleblower Remain Anonymous?

The main concern of most people who consider “blowing the whistle” on wrongdoing is confidentiality. Potential whistleblowers want to report fraud, but they also fear that doing the right thing may have negative unintended consequences. These are valid concerns, as those who defraud the federal government are usually quite capable of retaliating against employees who […]

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Man checking his cryptocurrency earnings on his phone.

Cryptocurrency Fraud and the SEC Whistleblower Program

Cryptocurrency is a digital medium of exchange that has exploded in popularity in recent years. For example, Bitcoin, which is probably the most well-known type of cryptocurrency, peaked at a price of $20,000 per coin in 2017. And although the price of bitcoin has since dropped, cryptocurrency remains a popular choice for investors seeking big […]

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