Lieff Cabraser client Kirstin Rogers spoke about whistleblower perspectives in cases where fraud is perpetrated against the government at this year’s TAF Coalition “The Anti-Fraud Coalition“ conference in Washington D.C. The in-person event provided a three-day “deep dive” into the latest developments of False Claims Act/Whistleblower Law practice and other programs and strategies to advance the successful prosecution of fraud-on-the-government claims.
Ms. Rogers and her co-relator were represented by Lieff Cabraser and Risman & Risman in intervened false claims act litigation against The Door. The complaint alleged that The Door, a healthcare provider in New York City, violated the False Claims Act by fraudulently overreporting the number of visits to its healthcare facility. This overreporting resulted in The Door receiving excessive funding from the Indigent Care Pool, a program funded by both the federal government and New York State intended to reimburse certain healthcare providers for uncompensated care rendered to low-income New Yorkers.
Under the settlement in the case, approved by U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein, The Door agreed to pay $2,725,514.51 to the United States and admitted and accepted responsibility for fraudulent conduct alleged by the Government in the Complaint. The Door also agreed to pay $10,222,297.89 to the State of New York to resolve the State’s claims, for a total recovery across both federal and state paybacks of $12,947,812.40.
Lieff Cabraser partner Rachel Geman, who Chairs the firm’s False Claims Act practice group, noted, “We are proud to have represented courageous whistleblowers in fighting against fraud that undermines essential government services and ultimately robs taxpayers.”