Fraud against the Medicare and Medicaid systems is nothing new. Like healthcare fraud, the problem is rampant and costly.
Physicians, hospitals, home healthcare agencies, skilled nursing facilities, HMO’s, and pharmacies are the most frequent offenders committing fraudulent acts such as:
- Billing for medically unnecessary services
- Billing for services and/or treatments never rendered
- Inflating general and administrative costs
- Inappropriate coding
- Duplicate billing
- Self-Dealing (Stark Law)
Just like healthcare fraud, Medicare and Medicaid fraud can take many forms. If you’re not sure about what you’ve witnessed, take the next step and ask a Medicare or Medicaid Lawyer who focuses on whistleblower law. The lawyers at Brown, LLC are some of the best whistleblower lawyers in the country.
Defense contractor fraud was the original focus of the False Claims Act (FCA) after the high occurrence of fraud discovered against the Department of Defense during the Civil War. In fact, the FCA was originally referred to as the Lincoln Law, which is another testament to the integrity of President Lincoln and the desire to do what’s right and drive out corruption. Back in the day it addressed unscrupulous contractors selling inferior goods to the Union such as sand for sugar, sawdust for gunpowder, and unfit horses. It has consistently remained a problem ever since, as even some of the nation’s largest corporations and most “trusted” defense contractors commit fraud against the DOD and still do illegal contract substitutions that are not as sweet as sugar by overruning contracts or overpromising a contract without the capabilities or intention to fulfill it, so it’s just dry gunpowder, and instead of unfit horses, it’s now unfit planes, and other weaponry whose defects could get our soldiers killed.
Defense contractors have been known to get creative with their deceitful acts, so it’s difficult to define every type of fraud, but these are some of the most common:
- Overcharging for services rendered or falsifying invoices
- Using inferior or unsafe products during the manufacturing of equipment, supplies, and materials for the U.S. military
- Rigging bids on defense contractor jobs
- Changing costs from ‘fixed-priced’ to ‘cost-plus’
- Failing to provide ‘best price’ as is legally required when contracting with the DOD
- Bribing foreign (or domestic) officials
- Illegally procuring an undisclosed kickback