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The Risk of Fraud as the Nation Responds to Coronavirus

Posted March 25th, 2020 by in Whistleblower Law.

The Department of Justice recently brought its first fraud case stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Justice Department’s Civil Division stated that “The Department of Justice will not tolerate criminal exploitation of this national emergency for personal gain” and that “We will use every resource at the government’s disposal to act quickly to shut down these most despicable of scammers, whether they are defrauding consumers, committing identity theft, or delivering malware.”

If you work at a company that is defrauding the Government and endangering the lives of the public during the coronavirus pandemic, please contact us. For example, on March 16, 2020, the FDA announced that it expanded the pool of manufacturers that can sell coronavirus tests that have been validated by the manufacturer. Companies that knowingly make or rely on false validations to be able to sell fake testing kits may be liable for fraud.

Shaun Rosenthal is an Associate in the Washington, DC office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP. He received his Honors Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School of the University of Western Ontario in 2015 and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2018.
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