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The pharmaceutical company Indivior Solutions agreed to pay a total of $600 million to resolve opioid fraud charges involving the marketing its drug Suboxone.  Indivior’s parent company, Reckitt Benckiser Group, already agreed to pay $1.4 billion for the same fraud.   The $2 billion recovery is the largest-ever resolution in an opioid fraud case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. Indivior’s Outrageous Conduct Even by the standards of big pharma fraud, this case stands out. …
After a decade of teaching the popular Health Care Fraud and Abuse seminar at Boston University Law School, Whistleblower Law Collaborative LLC (“WLC”) Co-Founder Bob Thomas has started an additional seminar this fall, called Whistleblower Law and Practice.  Due to the pandemic, the course is offered in hybrid format (some students live and some on ZOOM).    While there is some overlap with the Health Care Fraud and Abuse course (now taught by…
Ethan P. Davis, the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for DOJ’s Civil Division recently described how the Civil Division will approach COVID-19 fraud enforcement. His remarks follow Senate testimony in early June by DOJ officials on the early battles against COVID-19 fraud. Mr. Davis’ extensive remarks focused on fraud in COVID-19 financial stimulus programs as well as fraud involving tests, treatments, and vaccines. Two General Principles Will Guide DOJ’s COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Efforts Mr. Davis…
Whistleblower Law Collaborative Co-Founder Bob Thomas was one of the co-hosts of July 30 event featuring highly informative and lively discussion of DOJ enforcement priorities during the COVID Pandemic. The other co-hosts were Kirsten Mayer of Ropes & Gray and Patricia Peláez of Charles River Associates. The online discussion, sponsored by the American Bar Association, was attended by well over 200 attendees from both the public and private sectors. The government participants discussing Covid enforcement…
Whistleblower Law Collaborative Co-Founder and Managing Partner Suzanne Durrell was featured in the latest issue of Corporate Crime Reporter.  Her interview covers her newly announced Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund national COVID-19 Anti-Fraud Task Force. In the race to find a cure, the government is engaging in a public/private partnership with industry. Our bar is concerned that we are going to need a vast public/private partnership as well with whistleblowers and attorneys to keep…
On July 30, 2020 at 1 pm ET, Whistleblower Law Collaborative will co-host a webinar in conjunction with the American Bar Association, Charles River Associates and Ropes & Gray focused on Covid Fraud and Risk.  The webinar is titled DOJ Enforcement in the COVID-19 Crisis: What to Expect and How to Mitigate Risk. The Department of Justice and the FBI are dealing with demanding new enforcement issues in addition to long-standing pre-COVID priorities.…
Today we bring you another story of the ever present “Florida Man.” Now profiting through Covid fraud by obtaining $4 million from the Payroll Protection Program to buy a Lamborghini Huracan EVO, among other goodies. But we begin by setting the mood with the immortal words of Janis Joplin: Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from…
Earlier this month, the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund (TAFEF) formally announced the launch of a national COVID-19 Anti-Fraud Task Force. The Task Force will assist federal and state law enforcement in identifying, exposing, and prosecuting fraud related to COVID-19. It consists of former government prosecutors and experienced False Claims Act qui tam attorneys. Collectively, these attorneys have assisted federal and state governments in recovering over $20 billion.  The Task Force is chaired by…
This week, Department of Justice officials appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee. They described steps DOJ is taking to detect, investigate, and prosecute COVID-19 scams. The two officials were Associate Deputy Attorney General William Hughes and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Craig Carpenito. DOJ has given Mr. Hughes responsibility for coordinating DOJ’s response to criminal misconduct relating to COVID-19. Mr. Carpenito leads DOJ’s Hoarding and Price Gouging Task Force. In their joint
The largest of the federal Offices of Inspectors General is at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS OIG). As we have written before, Offices of Inspectors General are critical in protecting taxpayer dollars from fraud and helping whistleblowers and the Department of Justice (DOJ) enforce the False Claims Act. Given HHS’s immense responsibilities and budget, the large size of its OIG is fitting. HHS’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administers…