Since 2010, I have represented whistleblowers in federal and state False Claims Act cases:
* customs duties cases, in which obligations to pay duties have been avoided or reduced due to false statements about cost of goods, tariff codes, or country of origin
* health care cases, including Medicare or Medicaid claims for medically unnecessary goods or services, and false billing
* pharmaceutical cases, including claims caused by improper off-label promotion of drugs, and claims caused by kickbacks
* procurement cases, including false reporting under "cost plus" contracts with government agencies
* Small Business Administration-related cases, in which false statements about ownership, control or status have led to the award of small business set aside contracts or subcontracts
* escheatment cases, in which a company has failed to escheat unclaimed property to states.
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I represent whistleblowers on a contingency fee basis.
- 1st Circuit
- Greene LLP
- Boston College Law School
- J.D. (2010)
- Loyola University Chicago
- Honors: magna cum laude
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- Taxpayers Against Fraud
- 150 Years of Fighting Fraud – The False Claims Act’s Growing Reach and Increased Enforcement
- Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists
- Co-Panelist with Thomas M. Greene.
- Ryan P. Morrison's Website Profile
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- Q. Does the Health Care Fraud Act fall under the umbrella of the False Claims Act or are they two completely separate laws?
- A: My expertise is in the False Claims Act, but as I understand it, the Health Care Fraud Act is a criminal statute, calling for criminal fines and/or prison sentences for certain conduct that defrauds government health care programs. Think about it this way: the Health Care Fraud Act is when the government is acting like the police, or like a regulator -- there just happens to be specific penalties when you commit crimes against health care programs. In contrast, the False Claims Act is a civil statute -- it's the government acting like a consumer. When the government suffers some form of financial harm, like if a doctor submitted a claim for payment to Medicare for services he or she didn't provide, the False Claims Act is one way in which the government can get its money back (with up to three times' damages). The False Claims Act covers many forms of fraud against government health care programs, but it also covers many other forms of fraud, including false claims on defense contracts, and underreporting amounts of customs duties owed. The False Claims Act is also different in that it's enforceable by people other than the government: under its "qui tam" provision, it empowers private persons to sue on the government's behalf (and to collect an award of 15%-30% any resulting recovery). The government gets the opportunity to take over the case (by intervening, after an initial investigation period), but even if the government declines to intervene, a private person bringing the suit retains the option to pursue it him or herself.