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Lab Fraud Alert: DOJ, FBI, HHS OIG Targeting Clinical Laboratories for Healthcare Fraud Related to COVID-19 Testing

Federal authorities including the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) are targeting clinical laboratories for healthcare fraud related to COVID-19 testing. The DOJ has filed criminal charges in many cases already, and...

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How Employers Can Conduct an Investigation of Computer Breaches by Current/Former Employees

Introduction Data security is a critical aspect of any company's business operations whether the data involves confidential company information or the private personal data of individuals. Most employee-related violations—be it fraud, theft of IP, threats, or other misconduct—involves the use of electronic devices such as computers. The majority of these...

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An Employer’s Guide to Responding to and Avoiding Employee-Related Computer Breaches

Introduction Storing and protecting employee and customer data is one of the most important parts of any business. This goal is hampered by employee computer breaches of sensitive information. Many company breaches are committed by "insiders"—current or former employees who have access to or the means to steal confidential company...

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Top 10 Federal Compliance Risks for Hospitals

Hospitals in the United States face numerous compliance risks. Multiple federal agencies oversee hospitals’ compliance efforts, and directors, administrators, and compliance officers must thoroughly assess their facilities’ compliance efforts on an ongoing basis to ensure that this oversight does not lead to recoupments, loss of program eligibility, or other penalties....

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What to Do When Facing a Federal Investigation for COVID Health Care Fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and multiple other federal agencies are aggressively targeting health care providers and other businesses suspected of taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to defraud patients, consumers, businesses and government entities. These agencies are targeting a wide range of offenses, and federal prosecutors are seeking...

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The DOJ is Continuing to Target Multiple Forms of Fraud Related to COVID-19 in 2021

As the federal government races to get as many people vaccinated against COVID-19 as possible, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is waging a war on a different front. The DOJ has identified several forms of fraud arising out of the pandemic, and it is continuing to aggressively target individuals...

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Foreign Bank Accounts, Cryptocurrency & the IRS: What U.S. Taxpayers Need to Know

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is cracking down on U.S. taxpayers who own foreign bank accounts and cryptocurrency in 2021. Both of these have been priority enforcement areas for the IRS in recent years, and the IRS has made clear that it intends to continue auditing and investigating taxpayers who...

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Tips and Strategies for Defending Against a DOL Audit

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is the federal agency responsible for enforcing the nation's employment laws. It has broad authority over companies' employment practices, with its jurisdiction covering everything from wages to workplace safety, and from employment discrimination to federal benefit programs. Given the breadth of the DOL's authority,...

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CBD: Compliance, Risk Management, and Investigation Defense

Pharmacies and businesses that manufacture, distribute, and sell CBD products are subject to numerous laws and regulations. Our lawyers and former federal agents assist with all aspects of compliance, risk management, and defense. It is no secret that CBD is now big business in the United States. With more states...

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Facing Discipline Under SEC Rule 102(e): What Professionals Need to Know

While the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has substantial resources at its disposal, it cannot fully monitor the domestic securities markets and enforce companies’ obligations under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 on its own. As a result, it relies on so-called “gatekeepers”—attorneys,...

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