Most whistleblowers come forward to do what is right. They have noticed a fraud or something morally wrong, and they want to report it. The government rewards their bravery and honesty by giving whistleblowers up to 30% of the recovered assets. This has yielded large whistleblower settlements.
About the Whistleblower Statute
In 1863 to combat fraud in Union contracts during the Civil War, Congress passed the Whistleblower or Qui Tam statute. It was not until 1986 before Congress modernized the Whistleblower statute and renamed it to the False Claims Act (FCA). It became the government’s primary tool to combat fraud. Individuals who report government-program fraud bring the lawsuit on behalf of the government.
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The table below identifies some of the larger verdicts or public settlements in whistleblower cases in recent years. To learn more about the different fraud areas The Michael Brady Lynch Firm handles, please contact us today for a no-obligation free consultation.
|$2.2B||2013||Healthcare Fraud||The settlement will resolve criminal and civil liability arising from allegations relating to the prescription drugs Risperdal, Invega and Natrecor, including promotion for uses not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and payment of kickbacks to physicians and to the nation' largest long-term care pharmacy provider.|
|$405M||United Am. Ins. v Smith||Healthcare Fraud||The lawsuit alleged that the health insurer and the doctor discount network, through their shared sales force, misrepresented the combination of a limited benefits health insurance policy and the doctor discount program as providing coverage that was equal to or better than major medical policies issued by companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield.|
|$96M||2010||Healthcare Fraud||GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has agreed to pay $750 million to resolve allegations that it improperly made drugs and sold adulterated drugs. Cheryl Eckard, a former manager of quality assurance for GSK received $96 million from the settlement for being the whistleblower.|
Government Contract Fraud
|$115M||Teledyne Inc. vs U.S.||Government Contract Fraud||Teledyne Inc. falsely certified testing of electromagnetic parts used in weapons systems and padded estimates on sole source contracts. Teledyne also plead guilty to 35 criminal counts of making false statements and paid a $17.5 million fine.|
|$95M||2010||Government Contract Fraud||Agility Public Warehousing Co. KSC overcharged for fruits and vegetables and omitted returning supplier rebates to the U.S. while operating as a vendor.|
|$16M||2017||Government Contract Fraud||Caddell Construction Company Inc. submitted a large volume of requests for reimbursement for services that were either inflated, not performed or provided in connection with its work with Mountain Chief, a Native American reservation.|
Social Security Fraud
|$46M||US ex rel. Jennifer L. Griffith and Sarah Carver v. Eric C. Conn||Social Security Fraud||Two former Social Security Administration employees Jennifer Griffith and Sarah Carve exposed thier boss from defrauding the Social Security Administration.|
|$31M||2017||Social Security Fraud||Two former Social Security Administration employees blew the whistle on their boss, Attorney Eric Conn for stealing from the Social Security Administration and paying bribes to a judge.|
|$7.5M||2017||Social Security Fraud||A federal jury convicted clinical psychologist Alfred Bradley Adkins for submitting false medical documentation to the Social Security Administration.|
|$104M||Birkenfeld v. Schertler & Onorato, LLP||Tax Fraud||By divulging the schemes that UBS used to encourage American citizens to dodge their taxes, Mr. Birkenfeld led to an investigation that has greatly diminished Switzerland’s status as a secret haven for American tax cheats and allowed the Treasury to recover billions in unpaid taxes.|
|$11.6M||2015||Tax Fraud||An anonymous whistleblower was given a $11.6 million award for his work in a whistleblower case that resulted in tens of millions of dollars recovered by the IRS.|
|$5.5M||2013||Tax Fraud||A whistleblower exposed a ten-year scheme his employer created to avoid state sales taxes.
|$11M||Department of Education v. Eastin||Education||James Lindberg exposed millions of federal dollars meant for community groups that teach English and citizenship classes to immigrants had been directed to nonexistent or fraudulent agencies.|
|$8.6M||2016||Education||Whistleblower exposes B&H Education, Inc., which operated the Marinello Schools of Beauty in locations across Southern California. The school assisted adult students who did not have high school diplomas to obtain bogus high school diplomas|
|$7M||U.S. Department of Education v. Burnett||Education||A whistleblower shined a light that Alta Colleges Inc. and its Texas schools obtained their state licenses by misrepresenting that they complied with state job-placement reporting requirements and that their interior design programs complied with requirements for a professional license.