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July 24, 2014

In The News Today – July 24, 2014

Over two decades, Dr. William LaCorte, of Metairie, Louisiana, has filed twelve “whistleblower” lawsuits accusing health care companies of “defrauding taxpayer-funded programs such as Medicare.” A “serial whistleblower,” suits filed by LaCorte have “enriched” him — he has received a $38 million cut under the U.S. False Claims Act. Critics say the FCA encourages people “to file suits that often go nowhere. In fact, according to Justice Department statistics, “of the 5,400 suits filed from fiscal 1987 through 2010 that had outcomes, 74% didn’t result in settlements or judgments. (Wall Street Journal)

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has become dogged by allegations of “pay to play”, thanks to a “lucrative state contract awarded to his businessman friend.” DeWine’s Democratic opponent is accusing the attorney general of “giving debt-collection contracts to friends and political supporters, even when they appeared unqualified to do the work.” Central to the accusations are a 2012 contract awarded by DeWine’s office to CELCO Ltd., a company owned by DeWine supporter Pete Spitalieri. CELCO “received state work even though the firm, at the time, had no direct experience in collections and was formed just two days before DeWine’s office solicited qualifications for a contract.” (Columbus Dispatch)

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