Whistleblowers for Opioid Fraud

Whistleblowers for Opioid Fraud 150 150 Bo Frith

One of the most common areas for whistleblowers is the opioid crisis. As chronicled in countless books, podcasts, and TV shows, the opioid industry is rife with fraud. In 2020 and 2021 alone, the Justice Department secured settlements in excess of $3 billion arising from whistleblower and False Claims Act…

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Whistleblowers for COVID-19 Fraud

Whistleblowers for COVID-19 Fraud 150 150 Bo Frith

We have written extensively about fraud in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). See prior stories here and here. Now, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia is launching a special taskforce for COVID-19 fraud. As detailed in a front-page story on the March 31, 2022 edition of…

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Education Fraud

Education Fraud 150 150 Bo Frith

Fraud in federal and state education programs may be reported by whistleblowers. Under the False Claims Act and other statutes, whistleblowers are entitled to significant financial rewards and are protected from retaliation. The U.S. higher education system is excellent. But like many things, it requires significant financial investment. Each year,…

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Whistleblowers for PPP Fraud

Whistleblowers for PPP Fraud 150 150 Bo Frith

In response to widespread economic uncertainty due to COVID-19, the federal government enacted the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Because that program is especially vulnerable to fraud, whistleblowers are key players in addressing illegal conduct. Just last week, a Roanoke city jury convicted Roanoke City Councilman Robert Jeffrey of fraudulently obtaining…

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What are medically unnecessary procedures?

What are medically unnecessary procedures? 150 150 Bo Frith

Medically unnecessary procedures are health care items and services that are not “reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of illness or injury.”[1] The False Claims Act provides a mechanism for individuals to “blow the whistle” on instances of waste, fraud, or abuse for systemic unnecessary procedures in healthcare…

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Healthcare Fraud at Universities

Healthcare Fraud at Universities 150 150 Bo Frith

Earlier this month, the University of Miami agreed to pay $22 million to resolve a lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act for fraudulent healthcare billing.[1] Four former healthcare executives at the University of Miami filed the suit. The Department of Justice will award the whistleblowing executives a share of…

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Medical Malpractice and Whistleblower Claims

Medical Malpractice and Whistleblower Claims 150 150 Bo Frith

Our law firm has a fairly unique practice…we represent patients in medical malpractice cases against health care providers and whistleblower cases on behalf of honest folks who report cases of financial and billing fraud.  I recently learned of a case which deals with both issues: a whistleblower on illegal kickbacks…

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Allergists and Fraud: A Dangerous Combination

Allergists and Fraud: A Dangerous Combination 150 150 Dan Frith

An allergist is a physician specially trained to diagnose, treat and manage allergies and asthma.  In this area of Virginia, with untold numbers of trees, flowers, and grasses, their services are in high demand. Just getting an appointment with an allergist is almost impossible and the first available appointment is…

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Financial Fraud

Financial Fraud 150 150 Bo Frith

A recent article in the Roanoke Times details the explosive growth in whistle-blowing lawsuits during the pandemic, especially for financial fraud. In the fiscal year that ended September 30, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission received 6,900 tips alleging while collar crime, 31% jump from the previous 12-month record. Whistleblowing…

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Whistleblowers for Nursing Home Fraud

Whistleblowers for Nursing Home Fraud 150 150 Bo Frith

  Fraud occurs with surprising frequency in facilities with especially vulnerable patients. For this reason, nursing homes can be easy targets for Medicare and Medicaid fraud. These facilities are not under as much official scrutiny as hospitals. Nursing home residents are often unable to advocate for themselves. It is up…

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