Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

U.S. ex rel. Drescher v. Highmark (Medicare Program False Claims)

The United States intervened in a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that Highmark filed false Medicare claims. Highmark was accused of knowingly underpaying the amounts due for care of certain Medicare beneficiaries under employer group health plans insured or administered by the company. The suit was originally filed by Highmark employee Elizabeth Drescher, who claimed she was demoted for notifying the company about problems with the company’s Medicare program compliance. Highmark settled the lawsuit for $4.5 million.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Health and Human Services
Contracting Party
Health and Human Services
Court Type
Date of Settlement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Highmark Inc. $4,547,954
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release 2/27/2013
Settlement Agreement 2/27/2013

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database