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Doctor Convicted in $77 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

After just an eight-week jury trial in New York, a Staten Island doctor was convicted in relation to one of the most elaborate and sophisticated Medicare fraud schemes the country has ever seen. Dr. Gustave Drivas, a medical doctor licensed in New York, worked for a clinic in Brooklyn that apparently operated under three separate names: Bay Medical Care PC, SVS Wellcare Medical PLLC, and SZS Medical Care PLLC (the Bay Medical clinic). Dr. Drivas was convicted on counts of healthcare fraud and conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, as his clinic was responsible for submitting $77 million worth of fraudulent Medicare invoices.

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Shocking Medicare Fraud Trial Comes to an End as Participants are Sentenced

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The owners and operators of a Miami-based mental health clinic and the facility itself were recently convicted for participating in a wide-reaching Medicare fraud scheme. The mental health facility, Biscayne Milieu, submitted more than $50 million in fraudulent invoices to Medicare. The defendants were convicted of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and conspiracy to offer and pay kickbacks after a lengthy two-month jury trial in Florida.

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Defendant Pleads Guilty in Elaborate Medicare Fraud Operation

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Another Medicare fraud lawsuit has come to an end with the owner of a now-closed group of mental health centers pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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Allegations That Military Contractors Violated False Claims Act During Bed Down Mission

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 The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a False Claims Act suit against defense contractors Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc. (KBR) and First Kuwaiti Trading Company in relation to fraud in Iraq. KBR is based in Houston, Texas and First Kuwaiti, a KBR subcontractor, is located in Kuwait.

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Government Settles Whistleblower Suit with Texas-Based Corporation for $1.1 Million

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The Department of Justice recently announced the settlement of a whistleblower lawsuit against the Texas-based Fluor Corporation and its parent company, Fluor Hanford Inc., for $1.1 million. The whistleblower lawsuit alleges that Fluor violated the False Claims Act by improperly using federal funds for the purpose of lobbying. Fluor provides services to both the government and private customers. They offer professional engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management services on a global scale.

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Qui Tam Action Leaves Ambulance Company Paying $800,000 Settlement

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According to a recent statement from the Department of Justice, a South Carolina rescue squad has agreed to settle a qui tam lawsuit for $800,000. Williston Rescue Squad, Inc. is based in Williston, SC and provides emergency ambulance services for citizens living in the southwestern portion of the state.

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SEC Files Securities Fraud Charges Against Venture Capitalist for Stealing Investor Funds

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently charged a former Oregon gubernatorial political candidate and his lawyer with operating an investment scam selling pre-IPO shares of Facebook, LinkedIn, Groupon, and Zynga.

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Court Rules Lockheed Martin Can be Sued for Underbidding on Government Projects

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The act of deliberately underbidding on projects in order to win federal government contracts is not an uncommon practice.  Contractors submit extremely low bids for certain projects, knowing that the contract will cost the government much more in the end. Contractors underbid on these government projects for several reasons, such as hoping to gain access to a lucrative federal marketplace or the belief that contract modifications will result in a higher revenue for the company. Industry insiders know the practice of underbidding as “buying in” and, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, underbidding and/or giving false estimates in the context of a cost reimbursement contract violates the False Claims Act.

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Corning Pays Millions to Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit

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The New York based company, Corning Incorporated, recently settled a False Claims Act lawsuit for $5.65 million dollars, according to an official statement by the Department of Justice.  The settlement resolves allegations that Corning submitted numerous false claims to federal government agencies in order to receive reimbursement for laboratory research products such as lasers and optic fiber.

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Identity of IRS Whistleblower Leaked: Former IRS Employee Faces Charges

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According to a Department of Justice press release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan announced the unsealing of a complaint that charged a former IRS official with violating conflict of interest laws during the time he was an IRS employee and continuing to do so after leaving his position with the IRS. Dennis Lerner, a former International Examiner in the New York office of the IRS, was also charged with illegally disclosing confidential IRS information. This sensitive information included pending audit data, along with revealing the identity of an IRS whistleblower. Lerner was arrested on September 27 at his home in Edgewater, N.J., and appeared that day in a Manhattan federal court before Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein.

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