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.
MONTHS WEARING A WIRE FOR THE FBI
HOURS OF AUDIO/VIDEO EVIDENCE
COUNTS OF FRAUD AGAINST THE COMPANY
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.
MILLION DOLLAR WHISTLEBLOWER REWARD (APPROX.)