Charter Schools Can Be Sued for False Claims About Enrollment, Programs

  The North Carolina Supreme Court recently clarified that charter schools can be sued for violations of the N.C. False Claims Act (“NCFCA”) just like any other entity that defrauds the State. Kinston Charter Academy had argued that it is shielded from lawsuits for damages, like a state agency, because it is statutorily authorized, fulfills…

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Defense and Security Contracting: A Big Business

The defense and security contractor Academi is a collection of companies previously known as Blackwater. They were once headquartered in Moyock, North Carolina, 25 miles south of a huge military complex in Norfolk, Virginia. The companies are not publicly traded and thus are not required to file public financial reports, but they are believed to…

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Protections for Employees Who Blow the Whistle on Defense Contractors

  Some defense contractors’ fraud, waste, and mismanagement cost the government an estimated tens of billions of dollars each year. It is one of the largest categories of fraud in contracting with the federal government. Employees of federal contractors in any industry are in a position to discover and report this fraud and often do…

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Whistleblowers Help Department of Justice Recover $2.6 Billion From Fraud in 2019

Whistleblowers helped the government detect fraud and recover more than $2.1 billion in qui tam claims in 2019. The Department of Justice recovered more than $3 billion overall, and more than $2.6 billion from fraud perpetrated by the healthcare industry. These figures show the value of courageous whistleblowers and skilled whistleblower attorneys who recover taxpayer…

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How to Spot Grant and Research Fraud

Picture this: You are a researcher at a university, and your program receives federal funding to continue this research. You notice that the data being produced does not match up with what is reported. Is someone fudging the numbers? Is there anything you can do? What will it cost you? This is the scenario a…

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NC Whistleblower Exposes Asheville Lab

  Fraud can happen close to home, as we saw when Genova Diagnostics, Inc. of Asheville, NC, was hit with a whistleblower claim.  If you have information about someone defrauding the government, don’t hesitate to call an experienced whistleblower attorney to help you evaluate your next steps. Questionable Diagnostics Lead to Qui Tam Claim Whenever…

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NC Whistleblower Attorneys Taking Cases Involving Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE Fraud in Nursing Homes

  In response to COVID-19, many nursing homes have limited the amount of people allowed inside the facility. While that may decrease the spread of the virus, it may also decrease the quality of care. The only people holding the practice accountable are the employees themselves. Example behaviors include incorrectly billing Medicare and/or Medicaid or…

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A Guide to the North Carolina False Claims Act

  Did you witness, or know of, some suspicious activity at work? Maybe your employer is a large pharmaceutical company or university? Or you noticed that your employers are falsifying reports in order to receive money from the state or federal government? There are many reasons you may want to consider blowing the whistle, but…

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