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A relator has filed a complaint in federal court alleging that Dongwon Industries (“Dongwon”), South Korea’s largest fishing company and the owner of StarKist Tuna, of violating the federal False Claims Act in connection with its obtaining of vessel documentation and fishing licenses for two Korean-owned and operated seiners, the Majestic [...]

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Last week a federal trial judge entered a civil judgment in favor of the United States against Howard “Jack” Aleff and Reena Slominski, a married couple from Knoxville, Iowa in the amount of $1,376,670 for violating the federal False Claims Act by fraudulently submitting 132 separate false claims to the U.S. [...]

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Dowson Farms, a central Illinois-based family farm business, has agreed to pay $5.4 million to settle allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act in connection with the fraudulent receipt of farm subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The government alleged that between January 1, 2002 and December 31, [...]

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On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it recovered $3.8 billion in settlements and judgments in connection with cases filed under the False Claims Act during fiscal year 2013, ending September 30. The recovery is the second largest annual recovery of its kind in history. And, as [...]

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Montana announced that it filed a complaint against the former Blackfeet Tribal Chairman for allegedly violating the federal False Claims Act in connection with the Keepseagle v. Vilsak class action settlement fund for $760 million for Native American farmers and ranchers who had [...]

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A new trend in healthcare fraud enforcement reflects a willingness by hospitals to be more forthcoming. Detroit Medical and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Pennsylvania recently reported improper financial relationships with physicians — voluntarily. Detroit Medical entered into a $30 million settlement agreement with the U.S. government stemming from violations [...]

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Recently, a slew of False Claims Act settlements with hospitals represent the FCA’s most successful recent target. Among the perpetrators: John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital in Georgia, Detroit Medical Center, and the Mayo Clinic. Additionally, Tuomey Healthcare in South Carolina was [...]

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When the SEC released proposed whistleblower regulations required under Dodd-Frank, they requested comments from the public.  In response, Arent Fox, a law firm that represents Wal-Mart and drugmakers Elan and Genzyme, recently sent a letter to the SEC. In it, the firm advocated that the SEC first [...]

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The new Financial Reform Bill recently signed by President Obama includes a new whistleblower program for the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) that will reward potentially large sums of money to individuals who assist the government in convicting people of violations of securities laws.  Under the program, whistleblowers who report “original information” about [...]

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Dr. Walter Janke and his wife, Lalita Janke, recently settled False Claims Act charges of Medicare fraud by agreeing to pay the government $22.6 million. The Jankes, owners of America’s Health Choice Medical Pans Inc. (AHC), based in Vero Beach, Florida, were charged with overcharging Medicare by falsely reporting diagnosis codes.

AHC is [...]

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The new healthcare laws passed this spring mandate that makers of prescription drugs and medical devices report payments made to physicians to the Department of Health and Human Services.  DHHS will then make the information available on a public website starting in 2013.  Although doctors rarely admit to being influenced by anything other [...]

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John Carlo Inc. and Angelo Iafrate Construction Company, two Michigan construction companies, recently agreed to pay the U.S. $1.4 million to resolve False Claims Act charges. While working on a federally funded construction project at Detroit’s Wayne County Metropolitan Airport, the companies falsely claimed that they had hired Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) when they in [...]

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