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No Safe Harbor for Defendants in Massive Medicare Kickback Scheme; United States District Court...

The district court dismissed the defendants’ motions to dismiss the government’s claims that they violated the FCA and Anti-Kickback Statute by soliciting and accepting...

FEMA Official Accused of Bribery, Fraud Following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Ahsha Tribble, a former top FEMA official tasked with restoring power to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, was arrested for allegedly taking bribes from Donald Ellison, then president of Cobra Acquisitions, which received more than $1.8 billion in contracts to conduct infrastructure repairs on the island. Ellison and former FEMA staffer Jovanda Patterson were also […]
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Relator Cannot Generally Cite to Deposition Documents as Response to Interrogatory; United States District...

The district court granted in part the defendant’s motion to compel further responses from the relator to a set of interrogatories. The court explained...

Cluttered Pleading Scuttles Qui Tam Complaint Alleging Defendants Sold Junk Goods to Government; United...

The district court granted a motion to dismiss a qui tam case alleging the defendant falsely asserted that its products were capable of performing...

Documents Provided to Government by Qui Tam Defendant Not Protected by Privilege; United States...

The defendant’s request to quash an order compelling it to produce documents and presentations it provided to the Department of Justice to convince the...

Normal Business Dealings Insufficient to Show Conspiracy to Avoid Anti-Dumping Duties; U.S. District Court...

Motion to dismiss a reverse False Claims Act complaint for failing to plead the allegations with specificity is denied, as the court found the...

United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina No. 3:17-CV-00037-KDB-DCK, United...

The district court denied one defendant’s motion to dismiss claims alleging he participated in a scheme to defraud Medicare. The court found the government...

Avoiding False Claims Act Liability in Government Contracts Responding to COVID-19

The federal government's $2 trillion legislative response to the COVID-19 pandemic authorizes a massive distribution of federal funds to provide relief to private companies...

PubKCompliance News for August 20, 2018 [Podcast]

A biweekly podcast covering news and opinion related to government False Claims Act cases, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement, and related legal issues. This week’s...

Former Background Investigator for Federal Government Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements

Jennifer L. Pannocchia, a former background investigator who worked under contract for the Office of Personnel Management, has pleaded guilty to falsifying background investigations of federal employees and contractors. As part of her plea agreement, Pannocchia is required to pay almost $170,000 in restitution to OPM. She also faces a maximum sentence of five years […]
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