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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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J&J Unit Pays $85M Fine for Misbranding Heart Drug—9/14/11

Johnson & Johnson’s Scios unit will pay $85 million in penalties for misbranding the heart drug Natrecor. Under the False Claims Act, the U.S. alleged that Johnson & Johnson illegally marketed Natrecor for off-label “serial outpatient infusions” not yet approved by the FDA. According to the U.S., this practice has led to “substantial amounts” of […]

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Maxim Agrees on $150M Settlement for Health Care Fraud—9/12/11

The DOJ has announced that Maxim Healthcare Services Inc., a company that provides in-home health and nursing services, will pay civil and criminal fines of $150 million. The company admitted to defrauding Medicaid and the Department of Veterans Affairs for $61 million. Maxim agreed to pay approximately $70 million to the federal government, approximately $60 […]

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Accenture to Pay $63.7M for Allegations on Kickbacks—9/12/11

Accenture will pay $63.7 million to settle whistleblower allegations that the company engaged in a large-scale kickbacks scheme involving government contracts. The lawsuit, which was brought in 2004 by two whistleblowers, accused Accenture of receiving kickbacks from IT vendors, inflating prices, and rigging bids on federal IT contracts.  The DOJ joined the lawsuit in 2007. […]

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CFTC Establishes Whistleblower Program—9/12/11

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has established new whistleblower sections required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The rule changes will take effect on Oct. 24, adding new sections to the Commodity Exchange Act, including a provision which provides a bounty to whistleblowers who recover money for the Government. Read […]

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GOP Candidates Agree: Keep Medicare Drug Program, But Eliminate Waste and Fraud—9/12/11

This past GOP debate highlighted the overwhelming problem of Medicare fraud. The candidates all agreed to maintain the Medicare prescription drug benefit enacted during George W. Bush’s tenure, but added the caveat that government waste and fraud must end. The discussion started when a woman in the audience wanted to know more about the candidates’ […]

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TriWest pays $10M in False Claims Case—9/9/11

The DOJ reports that the Arizona-based contractor, TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corp., will  pay $10 million to resolve allegations of  filing false claims to the U.S. military’s Tricare medical benefit plan from 2004 to 2010.  The suit was brought by four former TriWest employees under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The relators will […]

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