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  • Georgetown University Law Center (2016)
  • B.S. Purdue University (2011)

State/District

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Federal

  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US District Court for the District of Columbia

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False Claims Act Whistleblower Wins Key Materiality Victory

November 16th, 2020|False Claims/Qui Tam, Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog|

On November 6, 2020, Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a key ruling in United States ex rel. Scollick v. Narula further outlining the contours of the False Claims Act’s (“FCA”) hotly debated “materiality” requirement.  Under the FCA, private individuals known as “realtors” are able to bring qui tam lawsuits on behalf of the United States when they possess inside knowledge of parties presenting fraudulent claims for payment to the federal government. This long-running FCA case was filed by relator Andrew Scollick in 2014 alleging, in relevant part, Optimal Solutions and Technologies, Inc., along with its two highest level directors (collectively the “OST Defendants”), caused false claims for payment to be presented to the United States under service-disabled veteran-owned small business (“SDVOSB”) construction contracts.  The OST Defendants allegedly facilitated the creation and operation of a sham SDVOSB company named Centurion ...

False Claims Act Settlements Top $200 Million in the Past Week

July 17th, 2020|False Claims/Qui Tam, Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog|

Three recent settlements of False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases have resulted in recoveries for the United States and several individual states totaling $211 million.  Whistleblowers initiated all the settled cases under the FCA’s qui tam provisions, which allow a private individual, who has inside knowledge of fraud resulting in a financial loss to the United States Government, to file a lawsuit on behalf of the United States in federal court.  In addition to the federal FCA, many states have analogous laws, and the recent settlements include multi-million dollar payments to resolve state false claims cases.  For their role in exposing the fraud and allowing the recovery of over $200 million in taxpayer dollars, the whistleblowers will receive a combined $18 million, with further awards to be decided in the near future.  The recently settled cases all centered around allegations of fraudulently practices by the defendants to secure payments under government ...

DOJ Announces Almost $25 Million in Recent FCA Settlements

June 11th, 2020|False Claims/Qui Tam, Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog|

Over the last few weeks, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced nearly $25 million in False Claims Act (“FCA”) settlements, with whistleblowers receiving at least $2.8 million in awards.  The FCA’s qui tam provisions allow a private individual, who has inside knowledge of fraud resulting in a financial loss to the United States Government, to file an FCA lawsuit on behalf of the United States in federal court. The government can choose to intervene and take over the primary litigation role in an FCA case or, if not, the whistleblower, known as a relator, may continue with the case on their own.  Once the United States recovers any damages in the case, the relator is eligible for a reward of between 15-30% of the total amount recovered.  The recently announced FCA settlements involve fraud against the government in several industries, including higher education, construction, disaster relief, and healthcare. On May ...

Our Client Received the Largest Whistleblower Reward in World History of $104 Million

Bradley Birkenfeld broke the back of Swiss bank secrecy. He was the first Swiss banker to file a case under the IRS whistleblower law. The results were unprecedented. UBS bank (at the time the largest bank in the world) had to pay a fine of $780 million. They also had to close all known U.S. accounts, and for the first time in history, the bank turned over the names of 4450 U.S. taxpayers for prosecution in the United States. Mr. Birkenfeld obtained the largest ever individual qui tam whistleblower award in history, $104 million.

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