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James Hoyer Investigator Speaks at National Investigative Reporters Conference

IRE Speakers (l to r): Steve Becker, Andy Donahue, Nicole Hong, Angie Moreschi

Every year, the national Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference brings together many of the best investigative reporters in the United States and abroad. More than 2000 journalists attended IRE 2019 in Houston to learn investigative techniques and develop story ideas. High on the list: stories about fraud.

James Hoyer Investigator and Communications Director Angie Moreschi was invited to speak on a panel about detecting business fraud. For the presentation, she joined Wall Street Journal reporter Nicole Hong, Better Business Bureau International Investigations Specialist Steve Becker, and moderator Andy Donahue, editor of Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

“These are some of the smartest and best reporters in the world, so it’s always an honor and privilege to speak at the IRE conference. I try to offer useful, practical tips on how to find fraud against the government and ideas to help reporters tell these important stories to public,” Angie said.

The False Claims Act & Whistleblowers

Angie shared important information about how whistleblowers help to expose fraud against the government through the False Claims Act and how they help to recover money for taxpayers.

The False Claims Act is the law that makes it possible for private citizens to file suit on behalf of the government when they become aware of fraud at companies ripping off government agencies or programs.  Through these whistleblower suits, the Department of Justice recovered $2.8 billion, last year alone.

There’s a lot of fraud out there and it takes many forms, from improper patient admissions, over-billing, and up-coding at hospitals;  kickbacks for referrals; selling unnecessary medical equipment; pharmaceutical companies pushing the sale of drugs off-label; defense contractor fraud; and financial aid fraud.

Fastest Growing Types of Fraud

Healthcare fraud is far and away the number one type of fraud against the government, with DOJ estimating some $100 billion lost to healthcare fraud, every year.

One of the fastest growing areas is Durable Medical Equipment fraud. This is where unscrupulous companies often target senior citizens on Medicare and harass them with multiple phone calls everyday, trying to get them to authorize shipments of medical equipment or products. The big problem is many patients don’t need or want the items, but in several cases, the companies ship them anyway, and then fraudulently bill the government.

“It’s something all taxpayers should care about, because we all pay for it,” Angie said.

Presentation by Other Panelists

In addition to Angie’s presentation, Wall Street Journal reporter Nicole Hong talked about some of the biggest fraud cases covered by the paper, this year; and BBB investigator Steve Becker looked at some of the top areas of consumer fraud, including online romance scams, puppy scams, and business email scams.

 

James Hoyer Investigator Speaks at Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference

Angie Moreschi (left) speaking on IRE 2018 panel with David Cay Johnston (center) and Roddy Boyd (right).

James Hoyer law firm Investigator and Communications Director Angie Moreschi spoke at the 2018 Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Conference held in Orlando this June.  The annual event is attended by many of the best investigative reporters in the U.S. and abroad. Angie shared her expertise on how whistleblowers can help reporters find fraud.

Joining Angie on the panel about Finding Fraud were best selling author and Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston and Founder of the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation Roddy Boyd.

How Whistleblowers Help to Fight Fraud

Angie speaking about how whistleblowers help to fight fraud.

Angie shared important information about how whistleblowers help to expose fraud against the government and recover money for taxpayers.

The False Claims Act is the law that makes it possible for private citizens to file suit on behalf of the government when they become aware of fraud ripping off government agencies or programs.  Through these whistleblower suits, the Department of Justice recovered $3.7 billion, last year alone.

Angie explained that healthcare fraud is far and away the number one type of fraud against the government.  These cases include improper patient admissions, over-billing, and up-coding at hospitals;  kickbacks for referrals; selling unnecessary medical equipment; and pharmaceutical companies pushing the sale of drugs off-label.

(L to R) Angie Moreschi, David Cay Johnston, Roddy Boyd

Other top areas of fraud include for-profit colleges improperly seeking Title IV federal financial aid dollars, military contractors seeking Department of Defense money, and housing and mortgage scams targeting the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Veterans Administration.

Angie also discussed how whistleblower lawsuits work and the history of the False Claims Act.

IRE is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting.  Angie was an investigative reporter and IRE Medal award winner prior to joining the James Hoyer Law Firm.

 

And the Emmy goes to…

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Angie Moreschi & Larry Wiezycki at the Emmys!

Big congratulations to our media team members Angie Moreschi and Larry Wiezycki for their Emmy wins Saturday night at the 38th Annual Suncoast Emmy Awards.  It was an exciting night of glitz and glamour as hundreds gathered in Fort Lauderdale to honor the best in broadcasting in the Southeast United States.

Larry won for excellence in Historical Documentaries for his work on JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary.  Angie won two Emmys for her Consumer Wise segment which airs on Bay News 9 in Tampa and News 13 in Orlando– one  for excellence in Business/Consumer Reporting and another for On Camera Talent in Reporting.

Angie is our Communications Director and Investigative Producer here at James Hoyer, and Larry is our Creative Director.  They combine their award winning talents to produce powerful documentaries that the firm shares with the government and media to help educate them on our whistleblower cases. They are a great team and add a unique asset to the firm.

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Angie Moreschi accepting award — Angie and husband Chris Jadick

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Larry Wiezyck & producer Lynn Marvin Dingfelder accepting award — Larry & family

 

 

 

James Hoyer Media Team Members Nominated for Emmys

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James Hoyer Media Team – Angie Moreschi and Larry Wiezycki

Congratulations to our media team members Angie Moreschi and Larry Wiezycki.  Both have been nominated for Emmys in the 38th annual Suncoast Emmy Awards.

Larry’s nomination is for his work on the highly acclaimed PBS documentary JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary.  Angie received two nominations for her Consumer Wise reports on Bay News 9 in Tampa and Central Florida News 13 in Orlando, one for Consumer/Business Reporting and the second for On-Camera Talent.

Angie is the Communications Director and Investigative Producer here at James Hoyer,  and Larry is our Creative Director. Together they produce the powerful documentaries the firm shares with the government and media to help educate them on our whistleblower cases.  They are a great team, and we are proud to have their talents as one of our assets here at the James Hoyer law firm.  Congratulations and good luck!

 

James Hoyer Investigator Speaks at Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference

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2013 IRE Panel on Whistleblowers
From left: Angie Moreschi, David Corn, Pia Malbran

James Hoyer Investigator and Communications Director Angie Moreschi was a speaker at this year’s 2013 Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  IRE is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting.  Many of the country’s best investigative reporters are members.

Moreschi was on a panel about whistleblowers and protecting sources with Mother Jones Magazine’s Washington Bureau Chief David Corn and CBS News Investigative Producer Pia Malbran.  Moreschi was an award winning,  investigative reporter for 20 years at TV stations around the country prior to joining the James Hoyer Law Firm.

Corporate Whistleblowers

Moreschi’s presentation at IRE focused on corporate whistleblowers and how they’ve become such an important tool in fighting fraud against the government.   Last year alone, the Department of Justice recovered nearly $5 billion in taxpayer money with the help of whistleblower lawsuits– $3 billion of that came from healthcare fraud. Cases range from hospitals over-billing Medicaid/Medicare to pharmaceutical companies promoting drugs for off-label uses.

Moreschi also discussed how whistleblower lawsuits work and the history of the False Claims Act.

The 47% Video

David Corn of Mother Jones is the journalist who broke the story on the Mitt Romney 47-percent video, which came out during the 2012 presidential campaign.  The now infamous video includes Romney’s remarks talking about the 47 percent of Americans he characterized as “victims.”

“All right, there are 47 percent who are with him (President Obama), who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them…These are people who pay no income tax.”

When originally reporting the story, Corn did not reveal the source of the recording, honoring a pledge to protect the person’s identity.  During his IRE presentation, Corn described how he got the exclusive and the evolution of the source’s decision to reveal himself.

Protecting Sources

CBS News Investigative Producer Pia Malbran discussed the importance of protecting sources.  Malbran said it takes a very unique person to come forward and put their livelihood on the line to expose wrongdoing.  She stressed the need to be extra sensitive to their difficult situation when reporting on their stories.