The District of Columbia does have a state False Claims Act. Whistleblowers may file claims of fraud, waste or abuse affecting state government. If you have a whistleblower claim, please contact us so that a lawyer may advise you about your whistleblower rights under the state FCA as well as qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act.
Washington D.C. Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- Whistleblower Lawsuit Recovers $13 Million From D.C. Children’s Hospital
June 20, 2015 – A Washington, D.C., children’s hospital and its affiliates will pay the U.S. nearly $13 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit alleging it submitted false cost reports and other information to the government so that it could receive higher reimbursements from the taxpayer-funded health care programs. The lawsuit, filed against Children’s National Medical Center and its affiliated companies by James Roark Sr., a former employee of the hospital, accused the company of misreporting information on cost reports and applications it submitted to Medicare and Medicaid, which those programs used to calculate reimbursement rates.
- D.C. schools food vendor pays $19 million to settle whistleblower lawsuit
June 5, 2015 – The largest food vendor for the District’s public school system has agreed to pay $19 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that the company overcharged the city and mismanaged the school meals programs, with food often arriving at schools late, spoiled or in short supply. The settlement agreement is the result of a whistleblower lawsuit by a former director of food services for D.C. Public Schools against Chartwells and Thompson Hospitality, which formed a joint venture that provided food services for schools in the District starting in 2008. The suit led to an investigation and then a complaint from the D.C. attorney general’s office.
- D.C. Police Capt. Loses Case in Whistleblower Lawsuit
Feb 11, 2015 – A jury has ruled against a District of Columbia police captain who claimed he was demoted in retaliation for contradicting the police chief. The civil jury ruled Wednesday that Capt. Hilton Burton’s testimony to the D.C. Council wasn’t protected by whistleblower laws. Burton filed the lawsuit after being demoted two ranks and then transferred to the fire department. He claims the decision was made because in 2011, he contradicted Lanier on how the Metropolitan Police Department handled police escorts for celebrities. A tweet by actor Charlie Sheen sparked the investigation into authorization of the force’s escorts for celebrities. Sheen tweeted about receiving a police escort with sirens and flashing lights from Dulles International Airport.
- More Record Recoveries Among The Trends Expected For Corporate Whistleblowers In 2015
January 30, 2015 – Last year the Wall Street Journal asked a number of experts for their predictions on corporate whistleblowers. Those interviewed foresaw that 2014 would be a great year for whistleblowers, and every prediction they made came true – from the emergence of Securities and Exchange (SEC) whistleblower awards to the number of False Claims Act cases hitting an all-time high. So once again, WSJ turned to the same experts for their 2015 whistleblower predictions.