COVID-19 Fraud

As federal and state governments fight the COVID-19 pandemic, they also will face waves of fraud. Unscrupulous profiteers will compound the pandemic’s misery by scheming to steal taxpayer money. In fact, they already have done so. COVID-19 has caused both health care and economic crises. With the unprecedented trillions of dollars that governments will be spending, the scale of fraud is likely to be unprecedented as well.

Rapidly emerging and evolving fraud schemes target our health care systems and programs, our government procurement channels, and our financial markets. We represent whistleblower clients in all of those areas. Specific areas where we expect to find COVID-19 fraud include:

This list is by no means exhaustive. Law enforcement and government agencies are working hard to protect public health and the public fisc from COVID-19 fraud. However, they need help. Whistleblowers are important now more than ever to help uncover scams, recover money for the government, and bring to justice those who exploit this crisis for illegal gain.

If you know of COVID-19 fraud, please contact us. Whistleblowers can be eligible for rewards under the False Claims Act or other whistleblower programs. To read more about COVID-19 fraud, please see the posts below.

Justice Department Cracks Down on COVID Fraud

On March 26, 2021, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced updated results of its expanded criminal and civil enforcement cracking down on COVID-19 fraud.  These efforts resulted in DOJ publicly...
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Another Guilty Plea in Nation’s First CARES Act Fraud Case

A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty last week in the country’s first prosecution for CARES Act fraud. As we previously reported, federal authorities charged David Staveley and David Butziger last May...
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Paycheck Protection Program Fraud Case Settled

Last week, DOJ announced the first civil settlement to resolve allegations of fraud against the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The settling defendants are SlideBelts Inc. (a California-based online retailer) and...
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Company That Misled MBTA About COVID-19 Hand Sanitizer to Pay $550,000

A Maryland-based company has agreed to pay $550,000 to resolve claims that it deceived the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority about hand sanitizer purchased to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The...
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DOJ’s COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Efforts Described by Top Official

Ethan P. Davis, the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for DOJ’s Civil Division recently described how the Civil Division will approach COVID-19 fraud enforcement. His remarks follow Senate testimony in...
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Bob Thomas Co-Hosts Panel On DOJ Enforcement in the COVID-19 Crisis

Whistleblower Law Collaborative Co-Founder Bob Thomas was one of the co-hosts of July 30 event featuring highly informative and lively discussion of DOJ enforcement priorities during the COVID Pandemic. The...
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