October 19, 2018 - Posts

Whistleblower Roundup – October 19, 2018

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


Health Care CEO Pleads Guilty to $150 million Health Care Fraud Scheme

The CEO of Tri-County Wellness Group, Mashiyat Rashid, pleaded guilty to taking part in a massive $300 million health care fraud scheme that involved the distribution of over 6.6 million doses of controlled substances and the administration of medically unnecessary injections that resulted in patient harm. The Department of Justice reports that Rashid conspired with other physicians to require Medicare beneficiaries who wished to obtain controlled substances to submit to expensive and painful injections. Per the agreement, he will have to forfeit $51 million.


Whistleblower Wins Federal Case Against Air Carrier that Fired Him

A pilot, Brian Bell, won a federal whistleblower case against Alaskan air carrier company, Bald Mountain Air Service. Bald Mountain Air Service retaliated against and fired Bell for reporting safety problems including falsified safety records and gaps in drug and alcohol testing. To read more click here.

Indal Technologies Agrees to Pay $3.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

The Department of Justice announced this week that Indal Technologies will pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly selling defective helicopter landing systems designed for U.S. Navy destroyers. Indal Technologies allegedly substituted a different, less expensive type of steel onto U.S. Navy destroyers that assists them in landing, without informing the Navy.



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