Arizona does not have a state False Claims Act. However, those who witness fraud, waste or abuse affecting either the state or federal government can file a whistleblower lawsuit under the qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act. Whistleblower provisions in the False Claims Act also protect relators from workplace retaliation resulting from their report. Contact us to learn more about your rights as a whistleblower.
Arizona Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- Phoenix VA whistleblowers say records illegally accessed
May 25, 2015 – Two Phoenix VA whistleblowers are speaking out, worried their medical records were accessed illegally by other VA staff. “In the civilian world, if someone got into your records, they would be fired on the spot,” said Brandon Coleman, Phoenix VA whistleblower.
- Arizona Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $4.08 Million In Misspent Education Funds
December 6, 2014 – The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) has agreed to pay the U.S. $4.08 million to resolve allegations made by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act that it intentionally misused the federal education funds it received. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Phoenix, Arizona-based MCCCD received funds from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), an independent federal agency that administers the AmeriCorps program and other national service programs.
- Whistleblower Exposes Potential Fraud Against Arizona Electricity Consumers
February 20, 2015 – Arizona electricity consumers could challenge rate hikes for electrical service in light of a whistleblower’s allegations that a former commissioner of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) got “too cozy” with the head of the state’s largest electricity provider. The whistleblower, a former executive assistant at the ACC, made numerous allegations in the letter concerning an improper relationship between former commissioner Gary Pierce and Arizona Public Service CEO Don Brandt.
- Long Hours, Fatigue Made Deadly Arizona Fuel Truck Crash Inevitable, Whistleblower Says
August 28, 2014 – Arizona officials investigating the deadly August 1 crash of an asphalt oil truck in North Phoenix said that driver fatigue was to blame, and a whistleblower has bolstered those findings with claims that Cactus Transport forces its drivers to work dangerously long driving shifts without a break.