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Archive for category Fraud Recovery

Jason Kronick (New Jersey) Named in Securities Complaint

The securities industry employs hundreds of thousands of people. Most have clean records and are honest. Not every stockbroker is good at what they do but most play by the rules. And then there are folks like Jason Kronick. This week the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority – FINRA – filed formal  charges against Kronick claiming [...]

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TARP Fraud Ripe For Whistleblower Lawsuits

The former vice president of Eastern Tools and Equipment was arrested earlier this week on charges of bank fraud and criminal conspiracy. Chung Yu “Louis” Yeung was indicted in October but not arrested until this week. Prosecutors say that he defrauded United Commercial Bank of $9.2 million dollars. UCB later went under after first receiving [...]

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Clouds Hang Over Indian Pharma (Whistleblower Post)

Several weeks ago we wrote about Ranbaxy Laboratories, an Indian pharmaceutical company that exports millions of dollars worth of drugs annually into the United States. A former manager-turned-whistleblower brought a False Claims Act case against the company. He accused the company of selling misbranded and adulterated drugs. Ultimately, Ranbaxy paid $350 million in fines and penalties [...]

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Unusual Medicare Fraud Cases Settles for $1.25 Million

Medicare fraud cases are unfortunately commonplace. One of the most common types of case involves overbilling. Usually these claims are brought directly against the provider. A recent settlement involving Covidien PLC subsidiary EV3 is unusual because prosecutors sought to hold a third party responsible for overbilling. The government claims that EV3 wrongly duped hospitals into [...]

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Patient Recruiter Scam Leads to Medicare Fraud Conviction

We have long said that medical clinics that hire patient recruiters are often engaging in Medicare fraud. Earlier this week I spoke to a gentleman in Detroit named “John” (not his real name of, course.) John is paid $50 per person plus expenses to recruit “patients” for a clinic. John drives a van and searches [...]

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Unlicensed Medical Ass’t Leads to Big Whistleblower Payday

Associates in Dermatology and its medical director, Dr. Michael Steppie, are out $3,000,000 today after agreeing to settle Medicare fraud charges. The three former employees who brought the case, however, will receive $500,000 in whistleblower award monies. According to a complaint filed in a Florida federal court last year, Dermatology Associates allowed an unlicensed technician [...]

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Mispent Homeless $ Leads to Healthcare Fraud Charges

Jonathan Dunning is the former CEO of two non profit clinics for the poor and the homeless. He may soon be homeless himself, unless you call a federal prison cell “home.” Last week FBI and IRS criminal division special agents arrested Dunning after he was indicted on 112 counts of wire fraud, bank fraud and [...]

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“Bricks of Money” – FBAR post

HSBC is back in the news and once again, it isn’t good news for the bank or its clients. This week The Guardian ran a feature story titled, “Cash Pilgrims and Bricks of Money: HSBC Swiss Bank Operated Like Cash Machine for Rich Clients.” Long considered a bank secrecy and tax haven, some clients were [...]

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Gov’t Weights in on Ex-Im Bank Whistleblower Case

The government wants a federal appeals court to hold Moving Water Industries responsible for $15 million in damages previously awarded by a District of Columbia jury in a whistleblower suit. The government claims that the Florida based company filed false documents in connection with a multi-million dollar loan from the U.S. Export – Import Bank. [...]

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Big Whistleblower Win on “Public Disclosure” Bar

America’s primary whistleblower reward statute is the Federal False Claims Act. Whistleblowers who come forward with original source information about fraud against the government or a government program can receive a reward of up to 30% of whatever the government collects from the wrongdoer. A key component of the program is the requirement that the [...]

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