Bottini Fuel, a New York heating oil delivery company, must pay $3.2 million in restitution and penalties for defrauding customers including homeowners, local businesses, and local school districts. Bottini Fuel siphoned money from customers by overcharging and duplicating charges. The whistleblower that reported the fraud will receive nearly $500,000 as a reward for tipping off investigations. It is the first settlement in a New York whistleblower case that has led to a restitution for individual fraud victims. To read more from the Poughkeepsie Journal, click here.
A&D General Contracting, Inc., and its owner Andrew Otero, were convicted on charges that they wrongfully obtained $11 million in federal contracts allocated for disabled veteran-owned businesses. Otero, who has no military experience, falsely claimed that A&D was a small business owned by a disabled veteran in order to receive contracts from the federal government and the VA. To read the Department of Justice press release click here.
Two Pittsburgh sisters, Arlinda Moriarty and Danyelle Dickets, who ran multiple home health care companies, were indicted by a federal grand jury for their alleged role in a multi-million dollar health care fraud scheme. Their home health care companies fraudulently received more than $87 million in Medicaid payments for services that were never performed. In addition, the sisters created fake employees, falsified documents, and submitted claims for patients that were in jail or deceased. To read more from The New York Times, click here.
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