The new Trump Administration nominee for IRS Commissioner appears to be a fan of the IRS Whistleblower Program. Charles P. Rettig, a past-Chair of the IRS Advisory Council, and a tax lawyer in California, wrote in the Fall of 2016, “The IRS Whistleblower Program plays an important role in reducing the Tax Gap by providing an … Continue reading A Whistleblower Fan at the Top of the IRS?
Kool Smiles, a national chain of dental clinics located in 17 states, and Benevis, a company which provides billing support services for the chain, have agreed to pay $23.9 million to settle a whistleblower-initiated False Claims Act case alleging the company submitted false Medicaid claims for “medically unnecessary” procedures performed on children. Relators alleged that the improper billings included root canals on baby teeth, … Continue reading Dental Company Resolves Whistleblower Claims of Massive Fraud
BP (formerly British Petroleum) has agreed to pay $102 million to settle a whistleblower-initiated California False Claims Act case alleging that the company grossly overcharged California cities, counties, universities, and government agencies for natural gas over the course of the past decade. BP’s contracts with California contained explicit price caps, but the relator alleged that the company routinely provided … Continue reading BP Settles Largest Whistleblower Oil and Gas Case in California History
The SEC’s whistleblower program has awarded more than $175 million to 49 whistleblowers since issuing its first award in 2012, and these whistleblower-initiated actions have resulted in more than $1 billion in recoveries. The SEC awarded $37.7 million to 11 whistleblowers in 2017, and the year ahead may be a real game changer. The SEC’s 2017 Financial Report notes on page … Continue reading SEC and CFTC Whistleblower Programs Expect Big Awards in 2018
Kmart has agreed to pay $32.3 million to settle a False Claims Act case alleging it overcharged Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE by failing to give the government the “best price” as required by law. The whistleblower-initiated case was filed in 2008 by James Garbe, a pharmacist at a Kmart in Ohio who discovered that his employer was … Continue reading Kmart Settles Kickback Case for $32 Million