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WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY RECOVERED OVER $5 BILLION IN FALSE CLAIMS ACT CASES

$1.6 billion ABBOTT LABS U.S. ex rel. McCoyd v. Abbott Laboratories Western District of Virginia
$1.04 billion GlaxoSmithKline U.S. ex rel. Graydon v. GlaxoSmithKline District of Massachusetts
$2.3 billion Pfizer U.S. ex rel. Demott v. Pfizer District of Massachusetts
$280 Million CELGENE CORPORATION U.S. ex rel. Brown v. Celgene Corporation Central District of California
$257.4 million Pfizer (Rapamune) U.S. ex rel. Doghramji, et al. v. Community Health Systems Inc., et al. Eastern District of Pennsylvania
$97 million Community Health Systems U.S. ex rel. Doghramji, et al. v. Community Health Systems Inc., et al. Middle District of Tennessee
$95 million Bank of America U.S. ex rel. Szymoniak v. Bank of America, et al. District of South Carolina / Western District of North Carolina
Government Program Fraud
  • Defense Fraud
  • Research Fraud
  • Equipment Fraud

The government operates many federal programs that distribute money to companies and contractors. This money is intended to cover costs that may include research & development, education, and defense. These payouts amount to billions of dollars every year, and it is both difficult and expensive for the government to determine whether the funds provided were used for the intended purpose.

COVID-19 Fraud

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our personal lives and upended operations at every level of government and society. Most of us have risen to the challenge and proven we can be our better selves to help each other through these unprecedented times. But some see this as a time to take advantage and cheat people and the government. The COVID-19 virus is inspiring new private-public relationships that will lead to a new generation of whistleblower cases.

Medicare Fraud
  • Medicare Part D Fraud
  • Billing for Care not provided
  • Upcoding
  • Prescribing unnecessary medications
  • Off-Label Promotion
  • Providing or accepting kickbacks
  • for referrals
  • Waiving Co-Pay
Florida Nursing Home Quality of Care Violations

Quality of care is a measure of the care that patients receive at nursing homes. Residents of these homes have a right to expect safety, hygienic environments, and the appropriate treatment. Low-quality services don’t merely harm the patient; they also represent fraud against the government.

Pharmaceutical Fraud

Pharmaceutical Fraud encompasses many types of fraud that may involve the manufacture, distribution, marketing, pricing, sale or prescription of drugs. It can include a wide variety of schemes set in place by drug manufacturers, pharmacies, or health care providers. When this type of fraud results in false claims to Medicare, Medicaid, or other taxpayer funded programs, the False Claims Act may be used by whistleblowers to recover damages on behalf of the government.

Compounding
Pharmacy Fraud

Compounded drugs are created from the combining, mixing, or altering of existing medications to create a drug designed to serve a specific patient or situation. When compounded drugs are falsely recorded or charged as new drugs, it may constitute fraud.

Education Fraud
  • Federal Student Aid Fraud
  • False Enrollment fraud
  • Student Recruiter Incentive Fraud
  • False Scholarship and Financial Aid Assistance
  • Admission Fraud
  • Grant and Research Fraud
  • Accreditation Fraud
  • Charter School Fraud
  • Other Abuses
Healthcare Billing Fraud

Healthcare billing fraud happens when healthcare providers—including doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes—knowingly file incorrect claims. The false claims may be submitted to patients or insurance companies. In most cases, however, the target is public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. These programs don’t have the resources to audit every claim, so they rely on whistleblowers who work for these facilities.

Hospital Fraud

Fraud involving hospitals is not easy to detect. Most hospitals around the nation process thousands of transactions every day as tests are performed, drugs are provided and treatments are administered. Fraud can slip through the cracks at any large facility, even without the administrators being aware of it. Regulators rely heavily on whistleblowers within the hospital to provide evidence that proves fraud.

Hospice Fraud

Hospice fraud includes a number of transgressions ranging from inappropriate billing resulting in over-payments, poor patient care, submission of claims that did not meet care standards, medical records that did indicate terminal illnesses and providing misinformation to patients and caregivers. When done knowingly these actions constitute fraud against the federal government and give citizens the right to seek justice on its behalf.

Telemedicine Fraud

The basic type of fraud being committed in telemedicine is no different than pre-technology medical fraud. In fact, it is prosecuted using the same laws as the FCA, Whistleblower Protection Act and by the Medicare Strike Force. But although the fraud types are the same, the fraudulent methods used are new when it comes to telemedicine. For this reason, Federal and State governments advocate and reward the public for help identifying schemes.

IRS Whistleblowers

The IRS knows that unscrupulous individuals, businesses and tax preparers provide false information on their tax returns to avoid paying taxes they owe or to obtain a tax refund to which they aren’t legitimately entitled. Yet the IRS only audits less than one percent of individual and corporate tax returns. To help root out tax fraud, the IRS offers an award for information and shares their recovery with the whistleblower.

National Representation for WHISTLEBLOWERS

ContentOur Florida whistleblower lawyers are nationally recognized leaders in the field when it comes to helping whistleblowers come forward and prove their case in even the most complicated and complex legal and financial situations.

Guttman, Freidin & Celler is a partnership of three prominent law firms with a headquarters office in Miami focused on representing whistleblowers in Florida and nationwide. The three combined firms have expertise in representing whistleblowers under the False Claims Act and other whistleblower statutes in a number of different contexts while protecting employees who blow the whistle from retaliation at work.

Three Law Firms Joining Together to Provide the Best Possible Representation to Whistleblowers

The partnership of Guttman, Freidin & Celler brings to each client a group of lawyers who have tried over 300 cases, been part of litigation resulting in the return of over $5 billion under the False Claims Act, sued some of the largest companies in the world, and secured multi-million dollar and even billion-dollar recoveries in individual cases.

The Florida whistleblower lawyers in our firms include a former Congressman, a former Federal Judge, a Presidential appointee, former federal court law clerks, law professors, and — most importantly — highly experienced litigators.

Our firms pooled our resources and formed this partnership because we like working together and we care about the same things. We understand the importance of whistleblowers and their roles in American history – particularly their role in making the nation a safer place and a place with more equal opportunity. But, at the same time, we also recognize that our nation is plagued by too many wrongdoers. There are too many companies looking to skirt the law and make a buck even if it means cheating the government or putting the unwary or infirm at risk of monetary loss or — worse yet — physical injury.

Though we take on the biggest companies and challenge wrongful practices that have gone unopposed, we pride ourselves on being champions for the voiceless. We are privileged to represent honest, hardworking people, who – in the words of the late Senator Edward Kennedy — “see a wrong and want to right it.”

If you are in a position to witness government fraud, then you are in a position to expose it. We help individuals from top company executives to financial officers, accountants, and billing department representatives bring False Claims Act cases that expose wrongdoing, recover taxpayer money for the government, and receive a reward for their efforts without putting their livelihoods at risk.

The Perfect Law Firm for Whistleblowers

Guttman, Freidin & Celler represents the coming together of three law firms to provide outstanding and comprehensive representation to whistleblowers. Reuben Guttman is one of the world’s most prominent whistleblower attorneys; he is personally responsible for uncovering and recovering Billions of dollars in fraud and False Claims Act cases. Philip Freidin is a Board-Certified Civil Trial expert who has conducted hundreds of jury and non-jury trials and is recognized as one of the top litigators in Florida. Richard Celler co-founded and managed one of the largest employee-side employment law firms in the country and is vastly experienced representing workers who have been victims of discrimination, harassment or retaliation at work for exercising their rights under state and federal civil rights and wage and hour laws.

By combining their talents and resources, these three attorneys lead a larger team of legal professionals committed to the comprehensive representation of whistleblowers, helping them seek justice and maximum compensation while protecting their rights and job security.

Call Guttman, Freidin and Celler to guide you, assist you, and protect you as you blow the whistle on fraud in any of the following areas:

  • Government Program Fraud – Defense fraud, government research grant fraud, and government contracts and equipment fraud
  • COVID-19 Fraud – While governments are spending billions to combat the pandemic and save lives, unscrupulous vendors are shortchanging the government and its citizens with substandard or defective equipment and supplies and worse.
  • Medicare Fraud – Billing for care not provided, upcoding, prescribing unnecessary medications, off-label promotion, providing or accepting kickbacks for referrals, unlawfully waiving co-pays
  • Florida Nursing Home Quality of Care Violations – Negligent care resulting in injury, financial fraud against residents, overbilling through unnecessary therapy
  • Pharmaceutical Fraud – Arbitrarily inflating the price of prescription drugs, falsifying drug manufacturing research, funneling prescription drugs to an illegal market
  • Education Fraud – Federal student aid fraud, false enrollment fraud, student recruiter incentive fraud, false scholarship and financial aid assistance, admissions fraud, grant and research fraud, accreditation fraud, charter school fraud, and other abuses
  • Healthcare Billing Fraud – Knowingly filing incorrect claims to patients, insurance companies, or public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid
  • Hospital Fraud – Duplicate billing, improper DRG claims, unbundling procedures, cost report fraud, Stark Law violations
  • Hospice Fraud – Enrollment fraud, failure to provide information to patients, family and caregivers, overbilling and improper billing, false Medicare claims for continuous home care services, poor standards of care, untrained/unqualified personnel treating patients
  • Telemedicine Fraud – Bribes and kickbacks, phantom billing, upselling fraud, improper coding
  • IRS Tax Fraud – claiming false deductions or tax credits, claiming personal expenses as business expenses, using a false Social Security number, not reporting income, failing to report and pay payroll taxes, failing to withhold income tax from employee paychecks, tax evasion

Count on Guttman, Freidin & Celler to pursue your claim to a successful conclusion while protecting you from retaliation at work or seeking money damages if you are discriminated against, harassed, disciplined or fired for blowing the whistle or participating in an investigation or legal proceeding.

Call our Florida Whistleblower Lawyers for a Complimentary, Confidential Case Review

Choosing to come forward as a whistleblower is a difficult decision to make, and prospective whistleblowers deal with tough questions. Is it the right thing to do? Can I prove my case? What will happen to my job? At Guttman, Freidin & Celler, we offer a complimentary and confidential case review and evaluation. We’ll take the time to learn about your case and answer all your questions so you can make the right decision for yourself and your family.

We take whistleblower cases on a contingency fee basis. We advance all costs of litigation out of our pocket, not yours, and we only charge a fee if and when we are successful in your case. Our fees are tied to the size of the recovery we obtain, so our interests are completely aligned with yours. Just like you, we want to win your case and recover the greatest amount possible while holding wrongdoers accountable and obtaining justice for the government and the American people.

Call 800-654-8281 to talk to a Florida whistleblower & Qui Tam lawyer now, or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation at your convenience. When you are ready to talk, Guttman, Freidin & Celler is ready to listen and make sure your voice is heard.

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