Whistleblower vs. Loyalty

Forbes discusses whistleblowers: Tesla ex-employee Martin Tripp, a self-proclaimed whistleblower, albeit a saboteur in management’s view, highlights the schisms that exist in opposing perspectives. A “whistleblower” is a person who exposes any information or activity that is allegedly illegal within a public or a private company. Tony Munter, a whistleblower attorney states, “Most whistleblowers decide […]

Video: “Whistleblowers Change the World”

This video highlights the importance and struggles of whistleblowers. “Whistleblowers remain the key source of information on fraud and corruption at home and abroad,” said Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the NWC and author of The New Whistleblower’s Handbook. “However, they still face retaliation in many countries around the world. We need to rally […]

Record Whistleblower Reward for Former Employee: Reporting Fraud Can Pay Off (This time $72M)

Per Reuters, The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday that Celgene Corp (CELG.O) had agreed to pay $280 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of promoting its cancer drugs Revlimid and Thalomid for off-label uses. The case initiated under the False Claims Act by a private citizen, this time a former employee. […]

Wisconsin Whistleblower protects community from hazardous waste.

It has been reported: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found a chain of industrial refurbishing plants in the Milwaukee area violated federal law, the agency announced Wednesday. The EPA determined the plants in St. Francis, Oak Creek and Milwaukee were breaking the law by transporting, storing and treating hazardous waste without required licenses, among other violations. […]

Can you profit from PPP loan fraud? Yes, you can.

You need to read this crazy story about the rampant fraud surrounding the Paycheck Protection Program loans. In total, ProPublica found 378 small loans totaling $7 million to fake business entities, all of which were structured as single-person operations and received close to the largest loan for which such micro-businesses were eligible. The overwhelming majority […]

Civil Litigation

Civil Litigation Civil litigation describes a dispute between two parties that is not based on criminal sanctions. Typically, civil litigation cases have one party (the plaintiff) that is seeking money or some other kind of remedy (damages) from another party, whom we call the defendant. Gregory Varner & Associates is here to help you! We […]

You Don’t See this Often: Doctor Arrested, Sentenced for HIPAA Violation

According to reports, a Georgia-based physician who previously pleaded guilty to criminal violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) received six months of probation from a Massachusetts federal judge earlier this week. The physician – a pediatric cardiologist – pleaded guilty in February 2018 to a misdemeanor count of wrongful disclosure of […]

Experts estimate the U.S. health care system spends $210 billion on unnecessary care.

It is estimated in this report that: Experts estimate the U.S. health care system wastes $765 billion annually — about a quarter of all the money that’s spent. Of that, an estimated $210 billion goes to unnecessary or needlessly expensive care, according to a 2012 report by the National Academy of Medicine. However, federal law […]

Blowing Whistle on Illegal and Unsafe Conduct Can Bring Big Payday

There are major federal laws which reward those “that blow the whistle” (with 15%-30% of recovery) for reporting fraud and illegal behavior—everything from healthcare billing to contractor kickbacks to environmental fraud. Currently, the penalties that may be imposed against those committing fraud is minimum of $5,000.00 for each violation, plus three times the government’s actual […]

Whistle-blower awarded $350,000 for reporting about medically unnecessary ultrasound tests.

The Department of Justice has announced a major settlement in a case of medical billing fraud. Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces that Dr. Arthur S. Portnow . . . has agreed to pay $1.95 million to resolve allegations that he and his practice violated the False Claims Act by knowingly seeking reimbursement […]