When employees in Georgia and elsewhere witness unlawful acts being carried out by their employers, they may wish to shed light on the issues but might not always be certain of the best path to take. These individuals may have the option of filing a whistleblower claim, and those who shed light on unlawful activity through similar means may even be eligible for monetary reward. Reports indicate that a man in another state will be awarded more than $700,000 after helping shed light on a surgical kickback scheme that recently resulted in a $3.4 million judgment against the companies involved.
According to reports, the incident began when two surgical companies began taking part in a scheme to increase revenue by promoting unnecessary surgical procedures for patients seeking treatment for kidney stones. Investigators indicate that the kickback scheme took place over a period of six years. The companies were found culpable of submitting and collecting on falsified insurance claims for procedures that were performed on patients who did not need it, and even on some who did not even have kidney stones.
Reports indicate that many of the false claims were filed on behalf of patients who are covered by Medicare and Tricare. Following the investigation, both companies were accused of violating the terms of the False Claims Act. During recent legal proceedings, both companies were ordered to pay more than $3 million.
Shedding a light on unlawful behavior
Individuals who witness unlawful behavior of this nature might not always understand the best course of action to take and they might even fear that a filing a whistleblower claim could bring about undesirable repercussions. When facing a similar scenario, a person in Georgia could consider consulting with legal counsel for advice on his or her available options. An attorney can work toward protecting a client’s legal rights, help develop a strategy to bring the information involved to light and assist in seeking the compensation to which he or she may be eligible to receive.