Tuesday, February 15, 2005
The Postal Service issued the subpoena as part of a probe into whether Cintas violated the False Claims Act by adding randomly calculated additional charges to invoices sent to federal agencies. Cintas is the largest seller of uniforms in the country.
The Cincinnati Post ran a story on the investigation on February 15, 2005.
Florida International University will pay $11.5 million to settle allegations of overbilling Dept. of Energy
The Dept. of Justice issued a press release on February 15, 2005
Monday, February 14, 2005
The suit was the result of a qui tam whistleblower complaint filed by a former employee under the False Claims Act. The whistleblower will receive approximately $500,000 for his role in the case.
The South Florida Business Journal ran a February 14, 2005 story on the settlement.
OPI Properties, a subsidiary of the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, pleaded guilty to attempting to elude or impede federal audits.
The settlement was the result of an investigation into the feeding tube industry. The company's sales practices, which included giving free equipment to potential clients, violated the anti-kickback rules.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch had a February 11, 2005 article on the settlement.
Fresno County and the Fresno County Human Services System were accused of defrauding the Medicare program by submitting false claims for services. Two psychiatrists who had been employed by the county brought a False Claims Act suit under the qui tam provisions of the Act, which allows whistleblowers to sue on behalf of the government.
The Associated Press reported on the settlement on February 9, 2005.
The University of Pennsylvania, Children's Medical Center and several individuals allegedly misled the government on the benefits of the treatment. The institutions will pay $1 million in settlement and the doctors involved face sanctions.
Jesse Gelsinger was the first person known to have died as a direct result of gene therapy.
The Washington Post reported on the settlement on February 10, 2005.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Illinois joins approximately 19 other states who have filed similar actions against drug companies.
The February 8, 2005 press release is available at the attorney general's website.
Massachusetts orthopedic footware providers will pay $526,000 to settle False Claims Act allegations
The suit, brought under the Massachusetts False Claims Act, contended that the providers double-billed, billed excessive amounts and failed to keep adequate records.
The attorney general's February 7, 2005 press release has details of the settlement.
Monday, February 07, 2005
The aircraft parts company had been acquitted of criminal charges in a 2003 jury trial.
The whistleblower who brought the suit under the False Claims Act will receive $36,000 as his share of the settlement.
The Sacramento Business Journal ran a February 4, 2005 story on the settlement.
There were numerous instances where Spayne billed for more than 24 hours of work in a single day. In one case he billed for nearly 95 hours in a 24 hour period.
The settlement was reported in the February 7 issue of the Connecticut Law Tribune.
The suit alleges that generators made by General Tool Co., Allison Engine Co. and Southern Ohio Fabricators didn't meet U.S. specifications. and that the companies falsified documents and failed to do inspections.
The Detroit Free Press ran an article on the suit on February 1, 2005.
A qui tam whistleblower suit brought by a former employee alleges that SAIC inflated its labor estimates to compensate for internal inefficiencies, inoperable equipment and anticipated schedule delays. In response, the Air Force is requiring contracting officials to demand backup data revealing the details of how SAIC compensates for the business risks of performing fixed-price contracts.
U.S. Newswire reported on these developments on February 1, 2005.