Calling out unethical behavior is not often easy.
What would you do if you recognized unethical behavior in your boss?
Would you ignore it?
Would you speak out?
According to a recent The New York Law Journal article titled “Suit Is Filed in NY's First Unsealed Qui Tam Estate Tax Case,” Doreen Light chose to speak up.
Her former boss, Myram Melamed, who died in 2013.
She accused the former pathologist of misrepresenting his state of residence to avoid state income and estate taxes.
He apparently claimed to live in Florida, although he actually lived and worked full time in New York.
Adam Pollock of Ford O’Brien filed the complaint in Manhattan Supreme Court on behalf of Doreen Light.
This "qui tam" case was sealed until January 16, while it was under government investigation.
It was filed in 2014.
You may be asking, “what is a qui tam lawsuit?”
Is it a whistleblower lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act (FCA).
Many FCA investigations involve Medicaid or Medicare fraud.
If the case is successful, the whistleblower is rewarded.
Translation = they are paid a reward.
What is a successful case?
That means the lawsuit culminates in fraudulent funds being recovered by the government.
How much does the Doreen Light lawsuit allege New York is owed in damages?
Nearly 2 million.
Quite a lot of money by any standard.
The New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has not filed to intervene in this case.
Time will tell the final result.
Remember: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When making your financial, tax and estate plans, do not go it alone. Be sure to engage competent professional counsel.
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Reference: New York Law Journal (January 19, 2018) “Suit Is Filed in NY's First Unsealed Qui Tam Estate Tax Case”