The whistleblower team said the settlement reflects the diligent efforts of Catherine Swann, assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California, and her investigative team, led by David Poulson.
The federal False Claims Act and the California False Claims Act enable private citizens to sue entities that are defrauding the federal and state governments and receive a reward if funds are recovered as a result. The whistleblowers in this case plan to use their rewards to form a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the healthcare of the many underserved groups in Southern California among other charitable causes.
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