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Birmingham, Alabama (PRWEB) August 31, 2012

With more than a decade of experience as an accountant and healthcare billing specialist, Wendy Horne is fastidious when it comes to following Medicare regulations a trait she believes made her unpopular with her former employer Pinnacle Medical Solutions, a Mississippi-based durable medical equipment supplier.

When Horne became convinced that Pinnacle was submitting false claims not only to the overly-strapped Medicare system but also to Tricare the healthcare system for our nations veterans she decided she couldnt keep quiet. Her 2009 qui tam Complaint — U.S. ex. rel. Horne v. Pinnacle, cv-09-BE-1193, NDAL — states that she first brought her allegations to the companys leadership; then after seeing little change she notified the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

According to Pinnacles website, the company offers home delivery of medical supplies to diabetic patients, including insulin pumps, test strips, and other durable medical equipment. According to the allegations in her qui tam Complaint however, Pinnacles strategy was to send as much equipment to as many people as possible without regard to whether such equipment was medically necessary or [had] been properly prescribed or documented or whether the patient actually need[ed] or [had] ordered it.

The settlement documents announced today recite that Hornes initial report to HHS resulted in a voluntary repayment by Pinnacle of $ 236,204. Now, the company has agreed to re-pay an additional $ 1,663,647.85 pursuant to the terms of the settlement documents. Wendy Horne put her career on the line to stand up for our nations veterans and the elderly, said Jim Barger, of Frohsin & Barger, LLC, one of Hornes attorneys. She was faced with the choice of reporting her allegations and suffering the consequences or keeping quiet and suffering the pangs of conscience for most people that would be a tough choice, but I dont believe Wendy considered keeping mum. Thats just who she is.

While it has been said that conscience is its own reward, the False Claims Act rewards whistleblowers with between 15 and 25% of recoveries in cases where the government intervenes.

A Civil War-Era statute, the False Claims Act has of late become the most powerful tool in addressing healthcare fraud due in no small part to whistleblowers and their attorneys. Barger and partner Henry Frohsin founded their firm together with Elliott Walthall in 2008 to concentrate on representing whistleblowers under the False Claims Act after years with a large civil defense firm. In the less than four years after opening its doors, Frohsin & Barger, LLC has recovered more than $ 32 million in qui tam suits on behalf of whistleblowers and the taxpayers.

Its an honor to represent people like Wendy, said Frohsin. Too many people are all too willing to turn a blind eye it takes courage to be a whistleblower, and that courage deserves to be rewarded.







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(PRWEB) January 25, 2012

The Corporate Whistle Blower Center is urging professionals, executives, or managers in healthcare, in medical products, medical devices, or pharmaceuticals to step forward if they have substantial proof their company, or a company they know about is cheating, or defrauding the government out of millions of dollars in Medicare, or Medicaid fraud. The group says, “In the hospital business it could be a ER doctor, a CNO, or a CMO, who has proof their hospital is admitting ER patients, who should have been sent home, just to make a lot more money off of Medicare, or Medicaid. In the nursing home business it could be over medicating patients, to cover up the fact the nursing home is so short staffed, they do not have enough staff to provide the mandatory time per day to meet Medicare, or Medicaid requirements. In the medical device industry, an example could be surgeons in collusion with a medical device company’s representatives, that are selling extremely expensive titanium hip replacements to 90 year olds with dementia, when the patient could have received a hip replacement at a fraction of the cost, or when it comes to pharmaceutical companies the sky is the limit, when it comes to scams to over bill, or defraud the taxpayers.” http://CorporateWhistleBlowerCenter.Com

The Corporate Whistle Blower says, “We are in the business of helping whistleblowers advance their claims, with the goal being a huge reward, provided the wrongdoing is in the millions of dollars, and the whistleblower possesses significant proof, that makes it all easy to prove. Significant proof is not-I think they are doing this. Significant proof is being able to prove it with records, documents, or other witnesses.” The Corporate Whistle Blower Center treats all whistleblower calls with very strict rules. There is absolute confidentiality over things that are said. Based on the quality of the information, and the fact set quality, the Corporate Whistle Blower Center may try to help a whistleblower develop, or package their information, and based on the quality of the information the group will suggest what US law firms may be best suited to advance a claim. No other group in the world offers services like these. For more information whistleblowers, who possess significant, provable information are encouraged to contact the Corporate Whistle Blower Center anytime at 866-714-6466, or they can contact the group via their web site at http://CorporateWhistleBlowerCenter.Com

Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Corporate Whistle Blower Center:


Do not go to the government first, if you are a major whistleblower. The Corporate Whistle Blower Center says, “Major whistleblowers frequently go to the federal government thinking they will help. Its a huge mistake. Frequently government officials could care less, or they are incompetent.”
Do not go to the news media with your whistleblower information. Public revelation of a whistleblower’s information could destroy any prospect for a reward.
Do not try to force a government contractor, or corporation to come clean to the government about their wrongdoing. The Corporate Whistle Blower Center says, “Fraud is so rampant among federal contractors, that any suggestion of exposure might result in an instant job termination, or harassment of the whistleblower. We say, come to us first, tell us what type of information you have, and if we think its sufficient, we will help find the right law firms, to assist in advancing your information.”

Any type of insider, or employee, who possesses significant proof of their employer, or a government contractor fleecing the federal government is encouraged to contact to Corporate Whistle Blower Center anytime at 866-714-6466, or they can contact the group via their web site at http://CorporateWhistleBlowerCenter.com

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(PRWEB) January 03, 2012

The Corporate Whistle Blower Center is launching an incredibly ambitious initiative in 2012 aimed at exposing massive Medicare fraud on the part of corporations in healthcare, along with any type of massive fraud involving contractors overcharging, or fleecing the federal government in almost every category, from defense contractors, to environmental super fund clean up contractors, to federal highway projects, to low income housing schemes, Internet universities, that are little more than diploma mills, that rip off our Veterans, and their GI Bill, to banks, or mortgage servicing companies defrauding the federal government on FHA, or VA mortgages. The Corporate Whistle Blower Center says, “We know there are thousands, if not tens of thousands of US citizens, who possess the full set of party pictures on their employer defrauding the federal government, and aside from being the patriotic thing to do, stepping forward can make an individual rich, provided the wrongdoing is in the millions of dollars, and the documentation is very easy to see, and prove.” http://CorporateWhistleBlowerCenter.Com

The Corporate Whistle Blower Center says, “Just in one example we know many hospitals intentionally admit ER walk ins; not because they need to be admitted to a hospital, but because its a super easy way to cash in on bigger Medicare payments, as in thousands of extra dollars per patient. Just this problem alone costs Medicare billions of dollars per year. How about federal contractors fleecing the US taxpayers in Iraq, or Afghanistan? Again we know this problem is in the billions of dollars per year. What we are saying is if it is in the millions of dollars, and you can prove your employer, or a contractor is defrauding the federal government, we will help you put it together, we will help you package it, and we will find the absolute best national caliber whistleblower attorneys to advance the claim. No other group in the United States offers a service like this.” http://CorporateWhistleBlowerCenter.Com

Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Corporate Whistle Blower Center:

Do not go to the government first, if you are a major whistleblower. The Corporate Whistle Blower Center says, “Major whistleblowers frequently go to the federal government thinking they will help. Its a huge mistake. Frequently government officials could care less, or they are incompetent.”
Do not go to the news media with your whistleblower information. Public revelation of a whistleblower’s information could destroy any prospect for a reward.
Do not try to force a government contractor, or corporation to come clean to the government about their wrongdoing. The Corporate Whistle Blower Center says, “Fraud is so rampant among federal contractors, that any suggestion of exposure might result in an instant job termination, or harassment of the whistleblower. We say, come to us first, tell us what type of information you have, and if we think its sufficient, we will help find the right law firms, to assist in advancing your information.”

Any type of insider, or employee, who possesses significant proof of their employer, or a government contractor fleecing the federal government is encouraged to contact to Corporate Whistle Blower Center anytime at 866-714-6466, or they can contact the group via their web site at http://CorporateWhistleBlowerCenter.Com

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