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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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NY Resident Pleads to Unreported Account FBAR Charge

Owning or having signature authority over an offshore account isn’t illegal but failing to tell Uncle Sam about it can land you in prison. During the last several years, almost 200 people have been prosecuted for failure to file an FBAR form. Short for Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, the willful failure to [...]

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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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Bulgaria Approves FATCA Pact

The Republic of Bulgaria becomes the latest nation to enter into a pact with the United States government to implement FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Passed by Congress in 2010, the law hopes to crack down on tax evasion using offshore accounts. Under the law, foreign banks and financial institutions must review their [...]

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Doc Pleads Guilty to Unreported Leumi Acct (FBAR Post)

Earlier this month, a physician from Laguna Beach, California pleaded guilty to Willful Failure to File an FBAR form (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts). As a result of his guilty plea, Dr. Baruch Fogel faces 5 years in prison when sentenced later this year in July. U.S. taxpayers with $10,000 or more in [...]

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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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