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Two Miami Police Officers Seek Whistleblower Protection Under Federal Law

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

According to a report from NBC 6 South Florida, two officers from the Miami Police Department are accusing the city’s lead cop—Police Chief Manuel A. Morales—of corruption. The officers are now seeking whistleblower protection. Chief Morales has thus far denied any allegations of wrongdoing by himself or the department. Indeed, he called the accusation… Read More »

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Three Florida Pharmacies Agree To Pay More Than $830,000 In False Claims Act Case

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

On June 29th, 2022, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida confirmed that three Miami-Dade County pharmacies—Habana Hospital Pharmacy, Inc., Longevity Drugs, LLC, and Forest Hill Pharmacy, LLC—have agreed to pay more than $830,000 as a part of a False Claims Act case. Regulators determined that the pharmacies had an… Read More »

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Understanding The False Claims Act: What Is Scienter?

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

The False Claims Act is one of the most powerful whistleblower protection statutes. Under the False Claims Act, a whistleblower with knowledge of fraud against a federal government program can bring a qui tam lawsuit action against the responsible party. If a qui tam lawsuit is successful, the whistleblower is entitled to receive a… Read More »

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Physician Pays Nearly $800,000 To Resolve False Claims Act Violations

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Vinay K. Malviya M.D. of Michigan will pay $775,000 to resolve False Claims Act allegations. The gynecologic oncologist allegedly billed federal health programs for operations and procedures that were “medically unnecessary.” The health bill fraud case was brought to light after three whistleblowers filed a qui tam… Read More »

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Home Health Agency In Florida Agrees To Pay $2.1 Million To Settle False Claims Act Case

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

On May 9th, 2022, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced that SHC Home Health Services of Florida, LLC—a home health agency offering services in Miami, FL—has agreed to pay $2.1 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit. The company allegedly overbilled Medicare. Here, our Florida whistleblower lawyers… Read More »

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False Claims Act Settlement: Miami-Based Medical Company To Pay More Than $3 Million

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

On May 19th, 2022, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced that VirtuOx, Inc.—a health care information technology company with a main office in Coral Springs, FL—will pay $3.15 million as part of a False Claims Act settlement. The company is accused of overbilling Medicare. As the matter was… Read More »

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Federal Military Contractor Agrees To Pay $3 Million To Settle False Claims Act Case

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

The federal government is taking action to crackdown on improper billing practices by contractors, particularly in the defense industry. On May 25th, 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that HEYtex—a textile manufacturer with a main headquarters in Pulaski, Virginia—has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit. The… Read More »

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Former Fort Lauderdale Auditor Files Retaliation Complaint Under Florida Whistleblower’s Act

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

According to a report from WPLG Local 10 News, a former auditor for the City of Fort Lauderdale has filed a whistleblower retaliation complaint against the municipality. In the lawsuit, John Herbst alleges that his rights were violated under Florida Whistleblower’s Act. In this article, our Florida whistleblower attorneys discuss the allegations raised by… Read More »

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UPS Pays More Than $5 Million To Settle False Claims Act Allegations

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

On March 21st, 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) has agreed to a $5.3 million False Claims Act settlement. UPS was accused of falsely reporting its delivery times in relation to a federal contract. Here, our Florida government program fraud attorneys provide a more detailed explanation… Read More »

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DOJ Files False Claims Act Lawsuit Against Florida Based Medical Services Company

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According to a report from Fierce Healthcare, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuit against Modernizing Medicine, Inc. (ModMed) a healthcare software company with a main headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida. Based on allegations originally filed by a former ModMed representative from Vermont, the DOJ alleges that ModMed… Read More »

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