Joshua Bellamy, a former wide receiver for the New York Jets, has been charged for his alleged participation in a scheme to file fraudulent loan applications seeking more than $24 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Mr. Bellamy had allegedly taken part in a scheme with 10 other defendants who collectively filed at least 90 fraudulent loan applications. Mr. Bellamy obtained a PPP loan of $1.25 million which he used to buy more than $100,000 in luxury goods. To read the full story, click here for the New York Times article.
Wheeling Hospital, Inc., an acute care hospital, has agreed to pay the United States $50 million to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute. The hospital violated the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statutes by willfully paying improper compensation to referring physicians that was based on the volume or value of the physicians’ referrals. The settlement stems from a whistleblower complaint from a former Executive Vice President. The whistleblower will receive $10 million for his share of the recovery. To read the full story, click here.
Top congressional Democrats are calling for a federal investigation after a nurse who worked at an immigration detention center in Georgia filed a whistleblower complaint. The complaint alleged a lack of medical care that facilitated the spread of COVID-19 and that immigrant women received questionable hysterectomies. The whistleblower, Dawn Wooten, said she faced retaliation at the facility after she missed work while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. A group of 168 members of Congress have sent a letter urging DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari to investigate the allegations. To read the complete story, click here.
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