Unquestionably, 2014 was a banner year for whistleblowers on many fronts. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), under the penumbra of the relatively new Dodd-Frank Act, started to sharpen its focus on corporate whistleblowing, as evidenced by the record payout in September 2014 of more than $30 million to a whistleblower who had helped alert the SEC to what it described as an ongoing fraud. And not to be outdone, the U.S. Justice Department recovered nearly $6 billion from False Claims Act cases in fiscal year 2014. According to the Justice Department, this was the first time the government’s annual recovery exceeded $5 billion, and for the second consecutive year there were over 700 whistleblower lawsuits filed. These trends will likely continue going forward as both the SEC and the Justice Department have increased resources for fighting and ferreting fraud. Continue reading
On Monday, January 5, 2015, the U.S. Justice Department announced it joined two whistleblower lawsuits, filed pursuant to the False Claims Act, against one of the highest-billing doctors in the Medicare program.
The two whistleblower suits alleged that Ocala, Florida, cardiologist Asad Qamar, viagra super active and and his physician group, the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE), performed and billed for numerous procedures that were medically unnecessary, and illegally waived co-payments so that patients would not question treatment recommendations.