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False Claims Act Settlement: Florida Health Company Will Pay $24.5 Million

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

On April 12th, 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Physician Partners of America LLC (PPOA)—a pain management relief center based in Tampa, Florida—has agreed to pay nearly $25 million as part of a False Claims Act investigation. The company allegedly engaged in a number of different violations, including overbilling of a federal… Read More »

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DOJ Charges Nearly Two Dozen In $150 Million COVID Fraud Schemes

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

According to a report from the Associated Press (AP), the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced COVID-19 related fraud charges against 21 individuals in several different alleged fraud schemes. In its official press release, the DOJ emphasized that the crackdown occurred as part of a coordinated enforcement action. Here, our Florida COVID-19 fraud attorneys… Read More »

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Daughter Of Former South Florida Mayor Sentenced To Prison In COVID-19 Fraud Case

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

On January 31st, 2022, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) confirmed that Damara Holness, the 29-year-old daughter of the former Mayor of Broward County, has been sentenced to 2 months in federal prison for her role in a COVID-19 related fraud scheme. In this article, our Florida COVID-19 fraud lawyers provide an overview… Read More »

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An Overview Of COVID-19 Fraud And Whistleblower Claims

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

To address the financial fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in March of 2020. Since that time, several other state and federal stimulus bills and economic support packages have been signed into law. With so much money injected into the… Read More »

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Southwest Florida Fire Chief Files Whistleblower Complaint, Alleges COVID-19 Fraud

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

According to a report from Naples News Daily, Kevin Nelmes, a former division chief for Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, has filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit against the department. Mr. Nelmes alleges COVID-19 fraud, including violations of Federal Claims Act (FCA) and the Florida Public Whistleblower Act. Mr. Nelmes argues that his former employer… Read More »

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Florida Contractor Settles Qui Tam Claim, Whistleblower Exposes COVID-19 Fraud

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

According to a report from CBS Tampa Bay, a Florida company will pay $30,000 to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit. Sextant Marine Consulting LLC—an HVAC contractor based in Doral, Florida—is facing sanctions for obtaining an improper duplicative loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). In this article, our Florida COVID-19 fraud attorneys provide… Read More »

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