Today, the United States Justice Department Announced that it is intervening in a qui tam, False Claims Act lawsuit against Arriva Medical, LLC (“Arriva”) and Alere, Inc. (“Alere”) that Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison, LLC initiated on behalf of a whistleblower client. The DOJ’s press release can be found here.
According to the press release, the DOJ is intervening in allegations first asserted by our client that Arriva and Alere violated the False Claims Act by billing for diabetic testing supplies that were tainted by improper kickbacks and supplies that were medically unnecessary.
“We are delighted that the Justice Department has intervened in this case. We appreciate the tremendous investigative efforts of both the DOJ’s lawyers and the agents of the Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General. We look forward to continuing to assist the government in its efforts to recover money on behalf of the taxpayers,” said Jerry Martin. Mr. Martin, along with attorney Seth Hyatt, represent the whistleblower who brought these allegations to the government’s attention by filing a qui tam lawsuit in 2013 pursuant to the False Claims Act.
Martin, who served as the presidentially appointed United States Attorney from 2010-2013, focuses his practice on representing whistleblowers who wish to come forward and expose fraud on state and federal programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. The False Claims Act provides a mechanism for whistleblowers to report fraud and share in the government’s recovery.
Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison, LLC is based in Nashville, Tennessee, but represents whistleblowers all around the country.