Attorney Jeffrey Newman
Jeffrey Newman is an experienced whistleblower lawyer representing individuals in False Claims Act (qui tam) cases, SEC whistleblower cases, and IRS whistleblower cases. Since 1983, he has been representing individuals in socially significant litigation cases against major corporations. For more than a decade, he has focused his practice solely on the representation of whistleblowers concerning cases of fraud against the federal and state governments and financial fraud harming investors. Cases that he has filed for whistleblowers have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries. He is also a former prosecutor and before that a journalist, photographer, and writer. Learn More
Attorney Gregg Shapiro
Gregg comes to Newman & Shapiro after a 16-year career at the Department of Justice, where he was one of the nation’s leading fraud prosecutors. As an Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit in the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston, Gregg led health care fraud cases that resulted in over $3 billion in recoveries, and he also supervised financial fraud cases that resulted in over $5 billion in recoveries. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Stanford University. Learn More
Newman & Shapiro attorneys have successfully handled the following cases:
Why It Is Important to Hire an Experienced Whistleblower Attorney
Whistleblower cases have unusual and detailed legal requirements because they must allege knowing fraud, not just mistakes. This means that specific and detailed information must be presented to the government to engage a whistleblower case or claim. Whistleblower laws are also unique in that they allow individuals to bring forward claims of fraud on behalf of the federal or state government, and the whistleblower may be entitled to recover up to 30% of what the government recovers. Revealing this kind of information takes courage and an understanding of the process to be successful. The cases must be researched and analyzed for the facts and the law, and may also need investigation.
If you are aware of fraudulent billing or other deceptive wrongdoing at your place of employment – whether it is a healthcare organization, billing company, military contractor, pharmaceutical company or financial institution – we will guide you through the process to first validate the claim and then pursue it in accordance with all legal requirements.
Medicare and Medicaid Fraud at Nursing Homes, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Hospitals, Assisted Living, and Urgent Care Clinics.
There has been a lot of news in recent years about Medicare and Medicaid fraud in the healthcare industry. In many cases, unlicensed and unqualified individuals are providing services which are only supposed to be rendered by licensed healthcare professionals and billing them to government-funded insurance agencies. This is clear fraud.
Other cases involve patients, especially the elderly, who are given services that are not medically necessary and may even be harmful. If these services are billed to Medicare or Medicaid, then the healthcare organization could be defrauding the government.
Another example of healthcare fraud are cases involving upcoding or overbilling. If the company changes the billing code the provider assigned to the visit or has procedures in place to maximize the level of care rendered even in the most simple of visits, the company may be increasing its reimbursements at the government’s expense.
We have handled many of these kinds of cases, and have obtained significant and favorable results for our clients and the federal and state governments. We will help you understand what legal protections are afforded to whistleblowers and how the process works.More about Medicare & Medicaid fraud
Buy American / Trade Agreements Acts and Customs Tariff Evasion
Trade tariffs have become a critical policy tool concerning imports and exports to/from China. However, many Chinese companies, sometimes with the help of their American buyers, are finding ways of evading our tariffs by falsifying the true country of origin or trans-shipping the products to Vietnam, Mexico or Canada and then transporting them into the United States. Individuals with specific and detailed information about such wrongdoing may be whistleblowers under the False Claims Act. Our firm has a number of these cases and this clearly fraudulent activity is skyrocketing.
In addition, a law enacted in 1933 called the Buy American Act (BAA) was engaged as a policy by President Trump in Executive Order 13788 in April 2017. The BAA generally applies to items of supply that are purchased for use in the U.S. and items a contractor uses in a public work located in the U.S. This law too is being met with evasion by American companies purchasing products in China and elsewhere and using them in public projects.
Finally, there is the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) which limits the countries of origin for products sold to the United States Government, including the military. Products made in mainland China cannot be sold to the government through the General Services Administration as China is not a designated country under the Act. Yet, this law too is being violated daily.
These laws were created for a purpose. If you are aware of clear and knowing violations, you may wish to become a whistleblower under the False Claims Act.
Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblowers of Financial Fraud
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) oversees transactions on the securities markets, as well as the activities of investment banks, hedge funds, cryptocurrency traders, and publicly traded companies, including companies that engage in bribery outside of the United States. Violations resulting from knowing fraud can result in SEC investigations and prosecutions, and the whistleblower program has been quite successful in several major instances of banking fraud and violations of U.S. sanctions against certain nations, including Iran. The SEC whistleblower program is unique in that it keeps the names and other information of the whistleblower confidential. Financial fraud including accounting fraud comes within SEC powers and some of the largest whistleblower awards have come from the SEC program.More about SEC whistleblowers
Wrongful Student Recruitment Practices by Colleges and Universities
Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA) governs recruiting practices. If you feel that your employer is operating a “boiler room” where enrollment counselors are given quotas of students to enroll each month, and rewarded if they meet the numbers but fired if they don’t, the school may be violating laws against incentive compensation.
Tax Evasion and IRS fraud
The IRS rewards individuals who report major tax evasion schemes, such as maintaining two sets of books regarding income and expenditures, or failing to report income earned in other jurisdictions. The whistleblower’s identity is protected as the IRS does not reveal the claimant’s information, and the whistleblower may receive between 15-30% of the actual money recovered above a certain threshold.More about tax evasion & IRS fraud
If you are a potential whistleblower, you have a choice to make when choosing a law firm to represent you. There are major firms with teams of lawyers and hundreds of cases. This is not that kind of firm. We choose our cases carefully, analyze and research them early for probabilities of success, and limit the number of cases we work on each year. Before filing any case, we render our assessment to you as to its strengths and weaknesses. We sometimes litigate cases ourselves. In national and international cases, if the Government does not take the case over to litigate, we co-counsel the cases with other firms and split our fees so there is no additional cost to the client. We work on a contingency fee, meaning that we only collect fees if we are successful. Otherwise, it costs you nothing.Learn more about us
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