March 15, 2019 - Posts

Whistleblower Roundup – March 15, 2019

A look back at the week’s news and developments affecting whistleblowers.

 

LA Jury Awards Whistleblower $1.5 Million

A Los Angeles jury issued a verdict of $1.5 million in damages to a former employee who alleged his employer, ManTech International Corp., retaliated against him for reporting violations of the False Claims Act. The employee worked as a NASA Mars mission engineer when he reported to ManTech that he had received unauthorized access to classified information owned by a third-party government contractor. After he raised these concerns, he was sent home without pay and then fired. To read the full story from the National Law Review, click here.

 

Covidien to Pay $19 Million for False Claims Act Allegations

Covidien has agreed to pay $17 million to resolved allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by providing free marketing plans to physicians to induce purchases of their vein ablation products. Once the doctors purchases the vein ablation products, they were able to bill it o Medicare and to California and Florida Medicaid programs. The lawsuit was filed by two former sales managers under the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act. They will collectively receive around $3 million for their share of the recovery. To read more, click here.

 

Chicago Pharmacy Owner Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Health Care Fraud Scheme

The Department of Justice announced that the creator of a fraudulent pharmacy in Chicago has been sentenced to 5 years in federal prison for his role in a $1.6 million health care fraud scheme. His scheme included creating a fictitious pharmacy on paper called “Cal’s Pharmacy” and using it to process hundreds of prescription claims for drugs that were never dispensed. To read the full DOJ press release, click here.

 

 

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