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Vancouver’s nLight Photonics, Inc. to Settle Allegations of Grant Fraud for $420,000

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Laser manufacturer nLight Photonics has agreed to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice amid allegations of unlawful retention of grant funds from NASA and the U.S. Army.
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Federal grant money can be used in a variety of ways, including research, product development, enhancement of programs, and to fund projects calculated to benefit the public interest. However, grant funds are a limited source funded by taxpayers and are subject to strict eligibility and award criteria. Not only that, a grant recipient can face liability for misusing grant money or improperly documenting how federal grant funds are spent.

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Florida Fertility Clinic Settles Upcoding Allegations with Department of Justice

The Jacksonville Center for Reproductive Medicine is alleged to have “upcoded” several fertility services performed by nurses and medical assistants.Image source: Flickr CC user COD Newsroom

The Jacksonville Center for Reproductive Medicine is alleged to have “upcoded” several fertility services performed by nurses and medical assistants.
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The Jacksonville Center for Reproductive Medicine (JCRM) recently settled with the Department of Justice amid allegations it billed the government for fertility services at rates above and beyond those allowable under TRICARE guidelines.

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The SEC’s whistleblower awards program has proven to be a “game changer”

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This week The Wall Street Journal reported on the backlog that the Securities and Exchange Commission has experienced in issuing awards for whistleblower claimants.

SEC Chairwoman Marry Jo White in a speech on April 30, 2015 noted that “[t]he program, while clearly developing, has proven to be a game changer.” White noted the increasing volume and quality of tips as well as the powerful incentives to come to the SEC with evidence of wrongdoing. Read the full transcript here.

Berger & Montague, P.C. and our Securities as well as Qui Tam attorneys have been involved in assisting claimants in the SEC Whistleblower Award Program.

Health Labs Agree to Pay $48.5 Million to Settle Allegations of False Claims

Health Diagnostics Laboratory and Singulex, Inc. have both agreed to settle claims of wrongfully engaging in kickbacks with physicians, as well as ordering medically unnecessary tests on behalf of Medicare and Medicaid patients.
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In yet another case of healthcare fraud, Richmond, Virginia-based Health Diagnostics Laboratory and Alameda, California-based Singulex, Inc. have agreed to pay a combined $48.5 million to settle allegations of rampant False Claims Act violations.

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Texas Medical Center Settles Healthcare Fraud Allegations for $21.75 Million

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The Citizens Medical Center, located in Victoria, Texas, has agreed to settle allegations it unlawfully provided kickbacks to cardiologists.
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Known as the “Heart Hospital,” the county-owned Citizens Medical Center has agreed to pay a staggering $21.75 million amid allegations it engaged in unlawful kickback schemes with several of its cardiology and emergency medicine practitioners.

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Pennsylvania Retirement Community Settles with Government Amid Medicare Fraud Allegations

A Pittsburgh-area retirement community has agreed to pay over $1 million to settle claims it failed to adhere to proper protocol with regard to post-operative care.
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According to a press release by the Department of Justice released on April 15, 2015, Pittsburgh’s Asbury Health Center has agreed to pay $1,331,837.96 to settle claims it did not follow proper protocol with regard to post-hospital skilled nursing services.

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Health and Human Services & DOJ Report Record Healthcare Fraud Year

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The Department of Justice took aim at billions of dollars in wasteful healthcare fraud in fiscal year 2014.
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In yesterday’s post, we began examining the recent report offered jointly by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) with regard to their accomplishments in combatting wasteful healthcare fraud. In fiscal year 2014, a whopping $3.3 billion was recovered on behalf of taxpayers as a result of healthcare fraud settlements and verdicts, making this one of the top areas for recovery under the False Claims Act.

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Health and Human Services Issues Its FY 2014 Healthcare Fraud Report

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The Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Department of Justice, recently released its healthcare fraud report covering the entirety of FY 2014.
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Over the course of the next two posts, we will examine the recent report released by the Department of Health and Human Services detailing its successes in combating healthcare fraud during fiscal year 2014. With regard to False Claims Act settlements, healthcare fraud remains one of the top issues impacting American taxpayers – and total settlements are soaring in the billions of dollars.

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Air Ideal, Inc. Settles with DOJ in Unique Agreement

Florida’s Air Ideal, Inc. agreed to settle False Claims Act allegations involving alleged fraud under the SBA’s HUBZone program.
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The Small Business Administration maintains several programs and opportunities to help historically underserved communities and demographics. One such program is known as the Historically Underutilized Business Zone program, also known as the HUBZone program. Under HUBZone rules, preferential treatment may be available for potential business owners seeking to start or expand their business located in a historically under-utilized business area. These areas usually include remote rural areas, certain urban areas, Indian reservations, and areas surrounding military bases.

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DOJ Blocks Lance Armstrong Settlement; Cites Public Interest Concerns

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The Department of Justice has filed an objection to a settlement between Armstrong’s former teammate, Floyd Landis, and Armstrong’s former business associate.
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In 2010, Lance Armstrong’s former cycling teammate, Floyd Landis, filed a lawsuit against Armstrong under the False Claims Act. In essence, Landis’s claims centered on the nearly 30 million in taxpayer dollars given to the team during its sponsorship by the U.S. Postal Service – and the subsequent revelation that Armstrong won his seven Tour de France titles while using performance-enhancing drugs. Landis asserts that the misuse of the USPS’s money amounted to fraud, thereby triggering False Claims Act liability.

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