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News Corp. Launches Internal Whistleblower “Alertline” —10/7/11

News Corp. has established an internal whistleblower system in the form of a 24-hour “alertline,” which is meant for employees to report company violations. This action comes in the aftermath of the News of the World incident that involved Murdoch employees bribing police officers to obtain protected documents. The new hotline will also ensure that […]

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Internal Investigations to be Released for lawsuit with 13 major banks—10/7/11

The chairman of a Senate consumer-protection panel has called on the DOJ and the Department of Veterans Affairs to release any internal investigations regarding the lawsuit accusing 13 major banks of defrauding veterans from hundreds of millions of dollars with illegal fees to refinance home loans. Chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions […]

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U.S. Files Lawsuit Against VP of Kennewick Industrial for Kickbacks and Fraud —10/3/11

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington has filed a false claims case against George Peterson, Vice President of Kennewick Industrial & Electrical Supply Inc. The U.S. alleges that Peterson engaged in kickback and fraud schemes, which led to defrauding the Department of Energy of hundreds of thousands of dollars.   […]

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Hill-Rom Will Pay $42M in False Claims Act Settlement—9/28/11

Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. will pay $42 million in its settlement regarding Medicare fraud. According to the charges Hill-Rom billed for extended periods “without making any reasonable effort to determine if the patients for whom it submitted the claims continued to meet Medicare conditions for payment.” The whistleblowers will receive $8 million in rewards, announced the […]

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Improper Medicare Payments Waste Almost $50 Billion a Year—9/27/11

Improper payments cost Medicare $48 billion last year. Some even suggest that the total amount resulting in Medicare fraud is up to $100 million a year. Medicare officials say they have taken significant action, with federal spending on the fight against Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse. Read more at: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2011/09/27/How-Medicare-Wastes-Almost-50-Billion-a-Year.aspx#page1

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Boston Scientific Corp. Guidant LLC will pay $9.25 for False Claims Allegations– 9/27/11

Boston Scientific Corp. Guidant LLC will play $9.25 million to settle false claims allegations, brought forth by a whistleblower, that the company defrauded the U.S. Government and private hospitals for heart pacemakers and defibrillators.  The whistleblower will receive more than $2.3 million from the settlement. Read more at: http://www.beckersasc.com/stark-act-and-fraud-abuse-issues/boston-scientifics-guidant-to-pay-925m-to-settle-claims-of-inflated-pacemaker-costs.html

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The Fifteen Biggest Offenders in Hospital False Claims and Anti-Kickbacks of 2011

Here is a list of the “15 Biggest Hospital False Claims and Anti-Kickback Stories of 2011” published by Becker’s Hospital Review. Read the list to gain valuable insight into the common types of fraud and waste plaguing the U.S. health system. Read more at: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/stark-act-/-antikickback-statute-/-false-claims/15-biggest-hospital-false-claims-and-anti-kickback-stories-of-2011.html

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False Claims Suits Against Kaplan Colleges Still Go On —9/22/11

A Miami Federal Judge has refused to dismiss false claims lawsuits brought by former Kaplan employees, who allege that Kaplan University and Kaplan Higher Education Corp. violated the Higher Education Act to receive federal funding and profits. While the Judge rejected some of the whistleblowers’ accusations against Kaplan (i.e. manipulating student academic records and job-placement […]

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Bank of America to Reinstate Fired Whistleblower and Pay $930,000—9/14/11

Bank of America Corp must reinstate a Countrywide whistleblower, who was fired promptly after the merging of the two companies in 2008, and pay $930,000 in damages to the employee. The former employee, during his employment, conducted internal investigations, which led to the discovery of widespread fraud involving Countrywide employees. Upon his report to Countrywide’s […]

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