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Private Prisons – Next Wave of Whistleblower Cases?

Many states now house prisoners in privately run facilities.  Last year, there were 27,920 federal prisoners in private prisons and an additional 16,500 immigration detainees held privately. These numbers don’t include the tens of thousands of state prisoners. All told, there are an estimated 130,000 inmates today under the control of private jailers. Those jails, [...]

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Lawyers As Whistleblowers – An Ethical Conundrum

Lawyers have a duty to protect their clients. Under our legal system, even the worst and most depraved criminals are entitled to legal representation. Our Founding Fathers wisely decided that the right to counsel was so important, that it needed to be part of the constitution and protected for all time’s sake. There are limits, [...]

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Whistleblower Claims She Was Fired For EMTALA Claim

Patient dumping represents one of the darker sides of the medical profession. Physicians take the Hippocratic Oath promising they ”will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required.” Unfortunately, hospital administrators don’t take the same oath. These days many seem to care more about the hospital’s financial health rather than the health [...]

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Whistleblowers and Security Clearances

There was an interesting article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal; a front page piece on US Investigations Services LLC (better known as USIS). They are the firm that gave Edward Snowden his security clearance. According to the Journal, USIS’ CEO Bill Mixon was “flogging” his employees for not expediting security clearances. One former company official [...]

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Supreme Court May Take Up False Claims Act Appeal

The United States Supreme Court is considering hearing an appeal of the dismissal of a False Claims Act case. Noel Nathan was a sales manager employed by Takeda Pharmaceuticals. He claimed his employer was committing Medicare fraud by overprescribing prescription antacids. A federal judge in Virginia dismissed his complaint saying that Nathan did not plead [...]

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Hospice Owner Convicted In $14 Million Medicare Fraud

The owner of a Pennsylvania hospice care business, Matthew Kolodesh, was convicted of Medicare fraud. Jurors found he billed  Medicare for over $14 million in claims for patients that were not eligible to receive Medicare benefits. In many cases, the services were billed but never provided. Prosecutors say that Kolodesh spent $9.6 million of hospice [...]

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Healthcare Fraud Defendant Bought 20 Cars With Tax Dollars

Prosecutors claim Regina Swims-King defrauded the federal Medicare program out of millions of dollars. She was charged with several counts of healthcare fraud earlier this year but the indictment was sealed and only last week did more details about her alleged spending spree using tax dollars emerge. According to the indictment, Swims-King owns Angelic Hospice, [...]

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Seattle MD Faces Medicare Fraud Charges

A Seattle physician has been charged with Medicare fraud. Published reports claim Bruce Chen was falsely billing for visiting patients. While that may sound more like an oversight or paperwork error, the government says some of the patients allegedly seen by Chen were dead while at other times he wasn’t even in the United States. [...]

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Looking For Former Globe University Students / Workers – False Claims Act Case

We are looking to speak with former students and employees of Globe University. Globe is a for-profit school with locations in Wisconsin (Appleton, Madison, Wausau, Eau Claire, Green Bay & La Crosse), Minnesota (Minneapolis, Woodbury & Moorhead) and South Dakota (Sioux Falls). Globe also operates an online degree program. Presently we are investigating possible violations [...]

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Whistleblower Case Leads to Settlement, Class Action Suit

Five students have filed a class action lawsuit against for profit Globe University after an earlier whistleblower case resulted in a $395,000 judgment against the school. The students claim the university misleads prospective students and lies about job placement rates. Earlier this summer, a former dean of the school, Heidi Weber, won a $395,000 judgment after [...]

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