Apple pays up to $800 million to settle investigation by states on deliberate slowing down of older iphones to extend battery life

Apple will pay $113  million to 34 states over its practice of deliberately slowing down older iPhones to extend their battery life. This will settle an investigation by the states including California and Arizona over how the company was not transparent about its iPhone battery problems that led to unexpected device shutdowns. Instead of revealing […]

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U.S. Department of State is offering up to $10 million whistleblower rewards for info on interference with US elections by foreign government

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the identification or location of any person who, while acting at the direction of or under the control of a foreign government, interferes with any United States federal, state, or local election by […]

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Securities and Exchange Commission announces record $114 million whistleblower reward. More to come.

The highest award for information leading to a successful investigation and settlement was announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which awarded a whistleblower more than $114 million. The whistleblower was awarded $52 million for aiding the SEC and another $62 million for helping another unidentified agency with a related enforcement action. The award […]

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Cordant Health Solutions, drug testing lab pays $12 million to settle charges it paid kickbacks for referrals of drug tests paid by Medicare

The U.S. Department of Justice and Sterling Healthcare Opco, LLC d/b/a/Cordant Health Solutions (Cordant), today settled a civil suit alleging Cordant illegally paid kickbacks to generate urine testing business from government insured consumers.  Cordant has agreed to pay various government healthcare programs $11,942,913 to settle the allegations.  Twenty percent of the settlement will go to […]

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SEC issues its largest whistleblower award-$50 Million on Bank of New York Mellon over-charges case. BNY pays $700 million

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has paid its largest-ever whistleblower award $50 million. The Wall Street Journal, which conducted an investigation about the wrongdoing, reported the whistleblower is a trader from Bank of New York Mellon (BKPRC) who alerted the SEC about the bank’s reported pattern of “overcharging big clients on currency trades.” The trader assisted […]

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The Internal Revenue Service hiring independent consults to help find cryptocurrency tax evaders

The  IRS sent out a statement of work (SOW) on May 12 requesting help from independent consultants to crack down on cryptocurrency tax non-compliance. According to the SOW, the IRS is seeking help from technology companies with crypto tax software to reconcile taxpayers’ reported cryptocurrency gains and losses on the tax returns. The process includes […]

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UTC Laboratories genetic testing to pay $42.6 million to end charges of unnecessary pharmacogentic testing and kickbacks for lab referrals

 UTC Laboratories, Inc. (RenRX) has agreed to pay $41.6 million, and its three principals, Tarun Jolly, M.D., Patrick Ridgeway, and Barry Griffith, have agreed to pay $1 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks in exchange for laboratory referrals for pharmacogenetic testing and for furnishing and billing for […]

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Genova Diagnostics Inc. Lab pays up to $43 million to settle charges of Medicare fraud on clinically unnecessary lab gastro effects tests

Genova Diagnostics had agreed to pay up to $43 million to settle allegations that it had fraudulently billed the federal government for unnecessary lab services. The complaint filed with the federal court in May 2018, Genova allegedly sought and received payment for fecal, blood and urine tests that have not been scientifically proven to diagnose any […]

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Despite COVID-19 crisis Securities & Exchange Commission whistleblower actions and awards mount

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, the Securities & Exchange Commission has continued to increase multi-million dollar awards awards under its Dodd-Frank whistleblower program. Since January 21, 2020, when the CDC confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the United States, the SEC has issued 12 whistleblower awards totaling approximately $64 million. Some of the highlights of these awards […]

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Laboratory company pays $17million settling False Claims Act case alleging fraudulently billing Medicare for medically unnecessary feces tests

Genova Diagnostics, A laboratory company will pay the government $10 Million for allegedly tested patients’ feces unnecessarily and billed the federal government, leading to charges of Medicare fraud. Now, they’ll pay between $17-43 million to settle those allegations and others, according to the Department of Justice.  A lawsuit filed in federal court alleged Genova improperly submitted […]

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