The government is offering huge whistleblower rewards for reporting import duty fraud or customs fraud against those who lie about the amount of import duties owed on goods being imported to the U.S. So far, customs fraud has been hiding under the radar because the government is ill-equipped to detect those cheating on paying import.
One hot whistleblower issue is whether a federal employee is eligible for a whistleblower reward for reporting fraud committed against the government agency he works at. The government takes the position that a federal employee may not receive a whistleblower reward under the False Claims Act, which is the main whistleblower reward program, based on.
One of the frequent questions I get as a law firm dedicated exclusively to helping whistleblowers file for rewards is whether a cooperating witness is entitled to a whistleblower reward after wearing a wire to help the FBI or federal agency prove fraud against the government. The answer is that it all depends on when.
If you report Medicare fraud you could get a whistleblower reward. Why does the government pay rewards for reporting Medicare fraud? Here’s the problem. It is estimated that ten percent of Medicare costs are lost due to fraud by healthcare providers. Because the Medicare program spends $500 billion a year, it means $50 billion a.
The Hesch Firm, LLC is pleased to announce that an $8 million Medicare fraud settlement was finalized today in a False Claims Act Case involving Medicare fraud allegedly committed by a Georgia-based hospital and its Louisiana-based management company. In June of 2009, The Hesch Firm’s filed a qui tam action on behalf of its client,.
I wish my first thought when I think of most big pharmaceutical drug companies was saving lives or inventing new drugs. But other words pop into my mind, such as cheating Medicare. In just 16 instances of alleged Medicare fraud by big pharmaceutical drug companies, they had to repay $3.9 billion that the government alleged.
A few times a year I get an email from a whistleblower who reads in the newspaper that his former company paid millions of dollars after cheating the government. They tell me that they were the one who first reported the fraud against the government and ask me if they are entitled to a reward..
Statistics can be a funny thing. Sometimes they can be manipulated to tell two different stories. Other times it’s hard to tell the real story behind them. Let’s take this statistic: The U.S. Department of Justice has paid nearly $4 billion in rewards to whistleblowers who reported fraud against the government. That’s right, the government.