Florida 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.
Florida Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- Florida Nursing Home To Pay $17M After Allegedly Using Medicare Money For Doctors’ Kickbacks
June 17, 2015 – When a nursing home receives Medicare funds, it’s supposed to use that money for patient care, and it’s actually a felony offense under the Medicare and Medicaid Patient Protection Act to use that money to pay kickbacks to physicians for referring patients. In a record settlement for this sort of case, a the operator of a network of Florida nursing homes will pay $17 million to close the books on allegations it ran this sort of kickback scheme for seven years.
- Florida Doctor Settles Whistleblower’s Allegations Of Fraud With U.S.
May 27, 2015 – The U.S. Justice Department says it has reached a settlement with a Jacksonville, Fla., doctor resolving a whistleblower’s allegations that he intentionally misdiagnosed patients so he could provide costly, unneeded services to them, for which he then billed Medicare, TRICARE, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Dr. Sean Orr, a neurologist formerly employed by Baptist Neurology Inc. and Baptist Medical Center – Jacksonville, will pay the federal government $150,000 to settle the claims against him.
- Whistleblower case at Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center leads to one arrest and one lawsuit
May 27, 2015 – A secretary at the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center who thought her bosses had pegged her as a whistleblower and planned to fire her now faces prosecution for recording her supervisor’s conversations without his consent. Meanwhile, the actual whistleblower has sued the Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice Commission, which oversees the detention center, claiming management forced her to quit her job as a payroll clerk after she notified the state Office of Inspector General of possible payroll fraud.
- Florida Home Health Care Company Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit For $1.1 Million
March 13, 2015 – A Florida home health care company has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.1 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit brought against it by a former employee, who alleged the company entered into improper financial arrangements with doctors and violated federal anti-kickback laws. The complaint, filed by whistleblower Gregory Simony in a U.S. court in Tampa, Fla., alleged that Recovery Home Care Inc., Recovery Home Care Services Inc. (collectively Recovery Home Care), and National Home Care Holdings LLC paid dozens of physicians thousands of dollars each month to perform patient chart reviews that involved little or no work.
- U.S. Backs Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Florida Contracting Services Firm
December 7, 2014 – The U.S. government has chosen to intervene in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the U.S False Claims Act against Air Ideal Inc., an Orlando, Fla.-based contracting services company and its owner. The lawsuit alleges the company fraudulently misclassified itself as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) company in order to win government contracts for which it wasn’t eligible.