False Claims Summary for 2019 – Other Types of Fraud

In its January 9, 2020 press release, the US Justice Department announced approximately $3 billion in recoveries for the fiscal year 2020. In addition to healthcare and procurement fraud cases, some of the False Claims Act case recoveries and settlements included the following:

  • Duke University paid $112.5 million to settle False Claims Act charges that it falsified research on grants involving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • ADS, Inc’s majority owner and former CEO paid $20 million to resolve charges that,” he fraudulently obtained federal set-aside contracts reserved for small businesses that his company was ineligible to receive.” This settlement was on top of prior settlements involving ADS for $16 million and a former general counsel of ADS for $225,000.
  • A gas marketing company and its owners paid $3.5 million to settle complaints under the False Claims Act that “they engaged in a scheme to reduce mineral royalty payments for natural gas removed from federal lands.” The scheme is one example of companies that “abuse their license to remove minerals from federal lands in exchange for the payment of an appropriate royalty.”
  • Two companies paid $1 million to settle charges they falsified compliance certifications to the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (part of the US Department of Commerce) to show they were in compliance with federal environmental laws – while they “knowingly and unlawfully discharged pollutants and oil into U.S. waters. “
  • North Greenville University (NGU) paid $2.5 million to settle False Claims Act charges involving the US Department of Education. The allegations included charges that NGU “compensated [induced] a student recruiting company based on the number of students who enrolled in NGU’s programs, in violation of the prohibition on incentive compensation.

Whistleblowers who disclose fraud involving a federal agency may be entitled to a percentage of any recovery – if their disclosure meets certain requirements and helps lead to recovery. The California Law Offices of Stephen A. Danz and Associates has the experience and resources to prepare, document and submit your claim to the US Department of Justice and to guide you through the claims process. For help now, call us at 877-789-9707 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment