Fraud Alert: For Profit Colleges

For-profit colleges are big business; they exist in the first instance to make money and they have been a haven for fraud, waste and wrongdoing.

What is worse is that many of these colleges exist only because their students take out government backed loans to pay hefty tuition. Hence, these schools are riding on the back of taxpayer dollars! At a time when education dollars are scare, it is important to crack down on educational spending fraud, waste and abuse. Already, a number of these schools have paid hefty damages to the government under the False Claims Act.

If you are a student or employee of a for profit college, you should be concerned if you see any of the following conduct:

  • A high number of students dropping out and very low graduation rates
  • Graduates having a hard time finding jobs despite representations of employment upon graduation
  • Fees or gifts given to those who refer or recruit students
  • Financial instability at the institution
  • Harassment, hostile environment or discrimination with regard to employees or students

For profit colleges are in the business to make money; if you see wrongdoing, it may be time to contact an attorney.

If you have information regarding fraud or wrongdoing involving for profit colleges – contact our whistleblower attorneys to claim a free, no-obligation case review today to learn your options.

Blowing the Whistle on Compounding Pharmacy Fraud

Is your pharmacy or other healthcare organization engaged in illegal practices involving pharmaceuticals compounds? If so, you may be needed to serve as a whistleblower. Your action may prevent patients from being harmed or the public from being defrauded.  

Whistleblowers play an essential role in bringing these cases to the attention of investigators. These types of claims are typically involved public programs and may be covered by the False Claims Act (FCA). 

In addition to providing enhanced penalties for fraud, this act allows some whistleblowers to serve as “relators.” Relators sue on the government’s behalf and may be allowed to collect a portion of the funds that are recovered. In some cases, this portion amount to millions of dollars.

It’s wise to speak to a lawyer before you blow the whistle on pharmacy practices. The information below can help you understand what issues may be involved with compounding pharmaceutical fraud cases.

Whistleblower’s Guide to Medicare Part D Fraud

Have you witnessed your employer participating in Medicare Part D fraud? If so, you may be needed to serve as a whistleblower. Whistleblowers play a crucial role in protecting both patients and taxpayers from the consequences of fraud. They may be very well compensated for their participation.

Medicare Part D Fraud is covered by the False Claims Act (FCA). This legislation was passed to prevent fraud against the government. One of its key mechanisms for discovering fraud is a qui tam provision that rewards whistleblowers with a portion of the funds that are recovered.

Before you blow the whistle, you should consider speaking to a lawyer. A lawyer can help you understand whether the activity you’ve witnessed is considered fraud and how to move forward.

Before you speak to a lawyer, it may help you to understand Medicare Part D fraud better. Below, you can learn what Medicare Part D is, what activity is criminal fraud, and what real-life examples exist of this fraud