March 18, 2015
March 18, 2015 — The False Claims Act empowers health care insiders to file a whistleblower lawsuit
on the government’s behalf. Courageous whistleblowers help to protect the integrity of our federal healthcare programs, like Medicare or Medicaid, for those who need them. Under the Act, the United States may choose to intervene in the lawsuit and take primary control for litigating it. The statute provides for the government’s recovery of three times the actual damages plus civil penalties. For their willingness to notify the government, tipsters — also referred to as “relators” — are rewarded with a portion of the government’s recovery.
Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud Charges Arising Out of Phony Claims for Durable Medical Equipment Filed by Texas Company
The former owner of a Texas durable medical equipment (DME) company has pleaded guilty to a $5 million Medicare fraud scheme
. Angel M. Mirabal, who lives in Miami, Florida, was the owner of Quick Solutions Medical Supplies Inc. in Houston. Between April 2010 and July 2013, Mirabal — in conspiracy with others — used Quick Solutions to file false claims with Medicare for costly DME that was not needed and often not provided. In fact, some of Quick Solutions’ purported customers lived in Florida, not Texas.
In the eight months between June 2011 and February 2012, Quick Solutions filed $5 million in false claims with Medicare and the federal healthcare program paid out more than $587,000 on those claims. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has estimated that in 2010, at least 10 percent of all Medicare payments nationwide were fraudulent — meaning that Medicare paid about $48 billion in false claims in that year alone.
Sentencing in the Medicare fraud case is now set for May 6, 2015.
Contact Us to File a False Claims Act Lawsuit Targeting Abuse by Medical Providers
While Waters & Kraus is not handling this particular False Claims Act case, we are representing whistleblowers in similar lawsuits. If you have comparable claims against a different medical provider, contact us
by email or call our qui tam attorneys at 800.226.9880
to learn more about our practice and how we can work together to notify the government about fraudulent abuses of government-funded programs. Loren Jacobson
and Caitlyn Silhan
in the firm’s Texas office work to protect tipsters’ interests throughout the whistleblower lawsuit process.