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iStock-599758466-300x206Former Yakima employee to receive False Claims Act whistleblower award of more than half a million dollars.

Yakima Products, a maker of automobile accessories such as hitches and roof racks, will pay $3 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit brought by its former director of operations alleging it knowingly underdeclared its customs duties and misdeclared the country-of-origin of its imports.

The whistleblower filed a qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act on behalf of the U.S. government, which intervened in the case.  He will receive 17% of the recovery—or more than $500,000—as a reward, in addition to $75,000 in attorney’s fees to be paid by Yakima, the U.S. Justice Department stated.

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Container cargo freight ship with working crane bridge discharge at container terminal, Aerial top view container ship at deep sea port.Pharmaceutical firm Danco Labs allegedly imported products lacking country-of-origin labels from China yet failed to pay the 10% marking duties it owed.

Drug distributor Danco Laboratories has agreed to pay $765,000 to resolve a federal whistleblower lawsuit alleging it violated the False Claims Act by failing to pay marking duties on products it imported from China without country-of-origin labels.

Imports are required to be labeled with their “country of origin,” meaning the country where the product was manufactured or produced or where work was performed resulting in its “substantial transformation” into the finished article.

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iStock-1210689410-300x200Coyne Public Relations of New Jersey allegedly applied for and obtained a forgivable PPP loan despite its ineligibility.

Coyne Public Relations, a New Jersey public-relations firm, has paid $2.24 million to the federal government to resolve a whistleblower case alleging that it knowingly applied for and received a forgivable loan under the Paycheck Protection Program despite its ineligibility.

The whistleblower, which alerted the government to the fraud by filing a qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act, received a whistleblower award from the settlement of $203,000.

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iStock-950594464-300x169A former billing manager brought the misconduct to the attention of the Justice Department by filing a False Claims Act lawsuit.

Medical-testing firm Genotox Laboratories of Austin, Texas has agreed to pay $5.9 million to resolve allegations it violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act by paying volume-based commissions to independent sales representatives and specimen collectors.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Genotox compensated sales representatives—whom it referred to as 1099 contractors in reference to their self-employment status under the U.S. Tax Code—based on a percentage of the revenues they generated, including from federal health care programs such as Medicare and Tricare.

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iStock-1093288618-300x188Three Adobe employees filed False Claims Act lawsuits exposing the scheme and will share a $555K whistleblower reward.

Adobe Inc. (NASDAQ: ADBE) has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by paying illegal kickbacks to software-reseller partners in return for their promotion of the company’s products to government customers.

The U.S. government was fraudulently tricked into purchasing unnecessary software licenses, the U.S. Department of Justice alleged. It was also allegedly deceived into purchasing software bundles containing applications it never requested, and fraudulently billed for software licenses for the personal use of government employees on their home computers.

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iStock-1341381732-300x200In separate lawsuits, the government alleged that two for-profit education companies defrauded a tuition assistance program for military veterans.

Two for-profit educational organizations will pay a combined $9.5 million for defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Post-9/11 GI Bill program in violation of the False Claims Act.

A federal court in Waco, Texas, awarded the government a $9 million judgment against ELPSS Career Institute LLC of Texas and its director Ricky J. Daniels Jr, after finding that  they submitted false certifications regarding the school’s eligibility to receive funds from the VA program, which provides tuition assistance for veterans and service members.

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iStock-1316693815-300x200A medical device sales representative who filed the False Claims Act lawsuit received a $1.37 million whistleblower award.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) orthopedics and neurosurgery medical device unit DePuy Synthes has agreed to pay $9.75 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by providing illegal kickbacks to an orthopedic surgeon as an incentive for using its products.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the company gave more than $100,000 worth of spinal surgery devices and tools to the Massachusetts doctor, which he  used in surgeries on private patients overseas between July 2013 and February 2018.

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iStock-535434995-1-300x300A postdoctoral research staff member discovered the fraud and filed a whistleblower lawsuit under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.

New York City public university Hunter College and the former director of its HIV studies center have agreed to pay a combined $575,000 to settle allegations they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly misusing National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant funding while falsely certifying their compliance with federal requirements.

The case, initiated by a qui tam whistleblower, alleged that former Hunter psychology professor Jeffrey Parsons-Hietikko improperly diverted tens of thousands of dollars in NIH grant funds to pay for personal expenses and to compensate HIV studies center staff for unrelated projects.

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Samsung C&T America allegedly declared incorrect HTS tariff classifications on its customs entry documents.

A U.S. unit of the SouiStock-1097810654-300x119th Korean conglomerate Samsung (KSE: KRX:028260.KS) has agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly misclassifying imports to evade customs duties.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Samsung C&T America knowingly filed customs entry documents misdescribing and listing inaccurate U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule classification codes for footwear it imported from China and Vietnam.

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iStock-1350595566-300x174The technology firm was found to have knowingly included false pricing, rebate, and discount information in disclosures to become a GSA Schedule contractor.

NortonLifeLock (Nasdaq: GEN) has been ordered by a federal court to pay $1.7 million in damages for defrauding the U.S. General Services Administration and the State of California in connection with contracts to provide government agencies with technology services and equipment.

A federal judge found following a bench trial that the company, which is now known as Gen Digital, Inc., violated the False Claims Act by knowingly submitting incorrect commercial sales information to the GSA, which is the federal government’s contracting and procurement agency.