Sean’s Story

 

“Too often, people don’t realize how straightforward it is to recognize whether their employer is involved in fraud. When it turns out that there is significant fraud, the government is going to manage the case and there is very little that will negatively affect you. With the right approach and help from someone who has successfully gone before you, you can effectively document and report fraud and then move on without letting the whole process own you.”
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ACCORDING TO SEAN, YOU HAVE NOTHING To LOSE.

Sean knows that he was able to avoid a lot of difficulties that arise from haphazardly blowing the whistle. Now he wants to equip people so that they can skip “the heartbreak and disaster” that can occur when people proceed without knowing what to expect or how to act throughout the process. 

THIS IS SEAN’S STORY.

Sean had a taste of some untoward practices at an employer early in his career. He gathered a folder of information and hid it under his stairs at home in case anyone ever asked him for the information – but no one ever asked. He didn’t know what to do about it at the time, and ended up changing jobs, so he never pursued his concerns. However, it opened his eyes to the fact that companies can be “dirty.” That experience sparked his curiosity about such practices and, over the next couple of years, Sean started researching what to do about fraud, including blowing the whistle and filing a qui tam case.

 

As it turned out, Sean’s encountered a major fraud scheme against the federal government years later. He was working for WellCare Health Plans, when a fellow employee mentioned, “we’ve got a lot of schemes going on.” This piqued Sean’s concern and he started asking individuals around the company about various potentially fraudulent activities. He soon became convinced that the company was stealing from the federal government. Given his qui tam knowledge, he understood he needed experts, so he contacted an attorney friend and, together, they located FCA attorneys who would help them put together his case.

 

A year later, they brought their case to the U.S. Government, who enlisted Sean’s help. Sean went undercover on the Government’s behalf. For 18 months he wore a wire at work and met daily with the FBI to debrief. This was a challenging time for Sean. He endured the incredible stress of living a dual life – talking with co-workers about their kids one minute, and recording incriminating evidence for the FBI, the next.

 

At the end of the 18 months, Sean’s hard work paid off. 150 FBI agents raided the company and he was able to move on with his career and with his life.

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MONTHS WEARING A WIRE FOR THE FBI

1,000

HOURS OF AUDIO/VIDEO EVIDENCE

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COUNTS OF FRAUD AGAINST THE COMPANY

SEAN THOUGHT OF HIS CASE AS A “BACK BURNER RETIREMENT PLAN”

His case was filed and put under seal, and within a month he had found a new job. Over the next five years, with the case still under seal and his participation and identity thus protected, he was able to live a normal life, awaiting the settlement of the case.
Ultimately, WellCare reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. It resulted in Sean’s award of $20.75 million, his share of the $40 million in restitution received by the United States, plus the federal portion of the $137.5 million civil settlement.

 

Since then, Sean has started his own non-profit organization, The David Group, with a mission to help people in need. All of his profits from helping whistleblowers are dedicated to that mission.

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MILLION DOLLAR WHISTLEBLOWER REWARD (APPROX.)