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The Dirty Secret of Stockbrokers

Another brokerage firm ceased trading this week. 140 stockbrokers idled because of a single arbitration award. What does it take to shut down a multi million brokerage firm? Not much. We trust stockbrokers to handle our life savings. Many brokers have a book of business measured in the tens of millions of dollars. Yet the [...]

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Whistleblower Claims Based on cGMP Violations Dead? NO!

A law firm boldly announced this week that recent case law dealt “a significant blow to those seeking to premise [False Claims Act] suits on violations of current Good Manufacturing Practices.” Do they know something we don’t? Thankfully the answer is “No”! Big pharma makes billions of dollars in profits each year. Despite all their [...]

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Cry Me A River… Man Gets 45 Years for Medicare Fraud

The FBI says Medicare fraud costs Americans $8 billion per year. As much as ten cents of every dollar spent on healthcare is waste and fraud. Beyond the economic losses, millions of people must wait to see physicians or receive care because there just isn’t enough money to fund everything. Medicaid and Medicare fraud makes [...]

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New Physicians Compensation Schemes Subject to Scrutiny

The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) has issued a warning** to physicians about certain compensation schemes. The government believes that some compensation plans with hospitals involving payments for office staff or medical directorships may violate the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. These arrangements could also violate the Stark law. [...]

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Alleged Tax Evader Loses Transfer Bid (FBAR Post)

Peter Canale is charged with conspiracy to defraud the IRS. The allegations date back to 1993. The indictment didn’t happen until 2014 and was filed in Manhattan. According to the Peter, that is when Peter and his brother Michael allegedly conspired to hide money they inherited from their deceased father. Last month Canale’s lawyer filed [...]

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FIFA Scandal – Where Were the Accountants?

Ask any sports fan what the biggest news story and most will say it is the indictment of 14 men tied to FIFA. Short for the Federation Internationale de Football, FIFA is the world governing body for international soccer. It is also corrupt and rotten to the core, at least according to the United States [...]

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Does Fighting Medicare Fraud Hurt Patients?

We have long said that Medicare fraud hurt patients. There is the direct impact, of course. Doctors that perform unnecessary procedures are an obvious example. For weeks, we have been covering the story of Dr. Farid Fata, the disgraced physician who prescribed powerful and dangerous cancer drugs to patients without cancer. One man lost all [...]

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Can a Court Sanction a Whistleblower?

A potential Medicare fraud whistleblower client called yesterday. Like many would-be whistleblowers,  she had concerns about what might happen if her claim failed. Congress has passed strong whistleblower anti-retaliation laws and the courts are quick to step in and enforce those laws if an employer retaliates against someone for reporting fraud. Her question was a [...]

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Georgia Settles State Whistleblower Case

Many states have False Claims Act laws that pay whistleblower awards. While state Medicaid fraud cases are typically smaller than comparable federal Medicare cases, these state laws still are an important tool in the fight against fraud and poor healthcare. Last week Georgia’s state attorney general announced the settlement of a case against Health Management [...]

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Pope Helps IRS Crack Down on Tax Cheats – FATCA Post

Pope Francis has repeatedly said that evading taxes is stealing both from the government and the poor. Not one to shy away from controversy, Pope Francis approved an intergovernmental agreement with the U.S. Treasury that will allow the Vatican’s bank to comply with FATCA and disclose account information to the IRS. FATCA is short for [...]

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