Adam B. Resnick
Adam B. Resnick (born March 10, 1972) is an American health care entrepreneur, public speaker, author, and professional whistleblower. His 2007 book Bust: How I Gambled and Lost a Fortune, Brought Down a Bank-and Lived to Pay for It is an autobiography describing his early addiction to gambling and how he, in a bank fraud conspiracy, contributed to the 2002 failure of Universal Federal Savings Bank in Chicago, Illinois. Resnick was convicted for his role in the fraud and served 19 months in federal prison. His life story has been discussed as the subject for a motion picture, documentary or television mini series.
Omnicare Inc. Whistleblower Lawsuits
Resnick has been involved in suing the pharmaceutical company Omnicare Inc., a major supplier of drugs to nursing homes, under federal whistleblower law, as well as the parties to the company’s illegal kickback schemes. Resnick filed suit against the Big Pharma giant to punish it for Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Omnicare allegedly paid kickbacks to nursing home operators in order to secure business.
"If nursing homes take kickbacks, decisions they make about drugs for their residents ultimately may be based on financial benefits to the nursing homes rather than medical benefits for their patients," Resnick said after a settlement was reached in 2010 with two nursing chains he sued.
Mariner Health Care & SavaSeniorCare Administrative Services
In 2006, Resnick filed a lawsuit under the False Claims Act against Omnicare and two nursing homes owned by Leonard Grunstein and Rubin Schron. The U.S. Department of Justice joined the lawsuit in December 2008, and Omnicare settled by paying $19.8 million to the federal government in November 2010. Omnicare denied any wrongdoing. Subsequently, the two nursing homes also charged in the lawsuit, Mariner Health Care Inc. and SavaSeniorCare Administrative Services L.L.C., paid $14 million in February 2010 to settle their part in the alleged fraud. The two nursing home chains allegedly solicited kickbacks from Omnicare in exchange for 15-year contracts to utilize Omnicare's pharmacy services.
Total Pharmacy Services
In June 2013, Omnicare settled its part of a whistleblower lawsuit filed against it by Resnick and Maureen Nehls related to its 2004 acquisition of Total Pharmacy Services. Sued for illegally paying kickbacks to the owners of Total Pharmacy, Omnicare agreed to settle the suit by paying $17.2 million to the federal government.
Nursing home owners Morris and Philip Esformes, who sold their share in Total Pharmacy to Omnicare in return for the kickback, agreed to pay the government $5 million. Total Pharmacy provides pharmacy services to institutions such as nursing homes. The terms of the acquisition were in violation of federal and state laws.
Omnicare previously settled a complaint with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts stemming from the deal for $98 million.
Nehls was a vice president of Total Pharmacy and Resnick was to the deal eir 2007 lawsuit alleged that the price paid by Omnicare for Total, $32 million,as greatly inflated by the kickback paid to the Esformes family. As part of the deal, the Esformes family signed a 10-year pharmacy contract with Omnicare for their chain of nursing homes. Such kickbacks constitute Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
Under federal whistleblower laws, the plaintiffs will receive 28% of the Omnicare recovery (worth roughly $4.8 million) and 25-30% of the recovery from the Esformes family (worth from $1.25 million to $1.5 million). The Esformes family also agreed to pay almost $1 million in the plaintiffs’ attorneys' fees.
The settlement, which was reached days before suit was scheduled to go to trial, did not include an admission of wrongdoing by the Esformes family.
Resnick also sued the Chicago law firm of Neal, Gerber and Eisenberg for legal malpractice over a multi-million dollar contract dispute alleging that they represented both Resnick and the contracting party. The $20 million dispute was settled in an out of court settlement through arbitration.
Awards and recognitions
In 2006, Resnick was presented with a Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart Award by Chinmoy Centres International for his “dedication to international development charities."
Writings by Resnick
The Chicago Sun-Times called Resnick’s book, Bust: How I Gambled and Lost a Fortune, Brought Down a Bank-and Lived to Pay for It, “entertaining.” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called it a “wild ride.”
Resnick is also the author of numerous articles and editorials, including
- "For Addicts, House Holds Chips." Chicago Tribune, Dec. 20, 2009.
- "A Second Chance for Felons." Denver Post, Feb. 14, 2010.
- "With Obamacare Passed, Let's Address Fraud and Waste." Washington Examiner, March 24, 2010.
- "The Bet America Needs to Make." Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sept. 26, 2010.
- "Whistling Over the Cliff." Huffington Post, Nov. 19, 2012.
- "Washington's New Odd Couple." International Business Times, Dec. 27, 2012.
- "Fish and Eggs on Wall Street." San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 27, 2012.
- "Debtors' Prison In Las Vegas." International Business Times, Jan. 4, 2013.
- "A Second Chance for Lance Armstrong." International Business Times, Jan. 10, 2013.
- "A Billion Lessons in Addiction." San Diego Union-Tribune, Feb. 15, 2013.
- "The Year of the Whistleblower." Tampa Tribune, Feb. 20, 2013.
- "A New Low In America: College Athletics Benefiting From Criminals." International Business Times, Feb. 22, 2013.
- "A Second Chance for Empathy." Huffington Post, April 1, 2013.
- "SEC's Turnstile."Huffington Post, April 22, 2013.
- "The Real IRS Opprobrium."Huffington Post, May 21, 2013.
- "Braun's Chance for Real Brawn." Huffington Post, July 24, 2013.
- "Lawyer Jokes -- Humor or Reality?" Huffington Post, August 14, 2013.
- Jackson, David; Marx, Gary (26 February 2010). "East Coast nursing home chains settle kickback allegations". Chicago Tribune.
- Still Reverberating - Chicago Journal
- Whitehouse, Kaja (Nov. 30, 2012). "Reel Life Drama: SAC Exec's Wild Tale." New York Post. Retrieved Dec. 29, 2012.
- "Prominent New York City Real Estate Investor, Attorney and Atlanta Nursing Home Chains Pay $14 Million to Settle Whistleblower Kickback Case". PR Newswire. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
- Sachdev, Ameet (11 February 2010). "Scheme's victims seeking restitution". Chicago Tribune.
- Ameet, Sachdev (11 February 2010). "Scheme's victims Scheme's victims seeking restitution FDIC could get most of payment; FDIC could get most of payment". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
- Monk, dan (16 July 2013). "Omnicare settles whistleblower case in Illnois". Scripps Media. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
- Jackson, David & Gary Marx (6 August 2013). "Nursing home execs agree to pay $5 million to settle suit". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
- Ten Years After a Bank Collapsed, Former Customers Are Getting Their Money Back And More – Chicago Journal
- Appellate Court Affirms Law Firm’s Right to Arbitration (press release) - Novack and Macey
- Bust: How I Gambled and Lost a Fortune, Brought Down a Bank-and Lived to Pay for It - Amazon.com
- Wisniewski, Mary. Win, Lose or Finagle: Long Grove Gambling Junkie Adam Resnick Tells the Tale of His Costly Compulsion – Chicago Sun-Times, July 29, 2007
- Area Writers Working Their Own Magic – Milwauke Journal Sentinel
- US Department of Justice indictment announcement
- Dateline NBC feature on Adam Resnick
- Recovering Addict-Businessman Helps Government Recover Millions from Omnicare for Nursing Home Kickback Scheme - PRNewswire
- Prominent New York City Real Estate Investor, Attorney and Atlanta Nursing Home Chains Pay $14 Million to Settle Whistleblower Kickback Case - PRNewswire