Kentucky 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.
Kentucky Whistleblower News
- Whistleblower triggered University of Louisville germ lab changes
May 29, 2015 – The University of Louisville violated federal biological safety procedures, then laid off the whistleblower who had informed authorities, and her boss, according to federal and state documents. The incidents last year prompted one longtime member of a key safety committee to quit in protest, triggered a federal investigation and a remaking of internal safety policies that continues today. Those policies and procedures govern how research involving risky and infectious agents is conducted in two Louisville labs.
- Kentucky Cardiologists Settle Health Care Fraud Charges Brought By Whistleblowers
October 23, 2014 – Two Kentucky cardiologists have agreed to pay $380,000 to settle allegations made by whistleblowers that they violated the U.S. False Claims Act, federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and the Stark Law by making “sham agreements” with a London, Ky., hospital that resulted in referrals for cardiology procedures and other health care services.
- Kentucky Hospital Agrees To Pay $41 Million For Allegedly Performing Unnecessary Heart Procedures
June 20, 2014 – A Kentucky hospital has agreed to pay the U.S. nearly $41 million to settle allegations that it billed federal and state health care programs millions of dollars for medically unnecessary heart stents and diagnostic catheterizations and for violating anti-kickback laws by rewarding physicians for referrals. The case is likely the largest ever in the U.S. involving fraudulent claims for unneeded heart procedures. King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky., part of the Ashland Hospital Corp., will pay $40.9 million to resolve the allegations, the U.S. Justice Department said.
- Kentucky Hospital Settles Whistleblowers’ Fraud Allegations For $16.5 Million
February 10, 2014 – A group of whistleblowers who filed a complaint under the U.S. False Claims Act against a Kentucky hospital system was instrumental in helping the federal government recover millions of dollars that were allegedly taken from it in schemes to defraud Medicare and Kentucky Medicaid programs, the U.S. Justice Department said. Saint Joseph Health System Inc. has agreed to pay $16.5 million to resolve the whistleblowers’ allegations that it charged the government health care programs for medically unnecessary cardiac procedures in an effort to boost profits – a scheme that amounted to the submission of millions of dollars in false claims.
- Coal Company Ordered To Withdraw Retaliatory Lawsuit Against Whistleblower Miner
June 26, 2013 – A federal judge has ordered Armstrong Coal to withdraw its lawsuit against a miner who filed a safety discrimination complaint against the company’s management. The judge’s decision deals a harsh blow to Armstrong Coal’s legal team, which may have overreached in taking its action against the miner, and helps preserve the rights of miners to file safety complaints when they believe their life and the lives of their coworkers are endangered by company policy and poor working conditions.
- Kentucky Miner Blows Whistle On Big Coal Over Lax Safety
June 23, 2012 – A Kentucky miner who has blown the whistle repeatedly on major coal mining operations over safety issues has been reinstated to work by a federal judge. Kentucky miner Charles Scott Howard, 52, lost his job with Cumberland River Coal Co. shortly after he filed a civil lawsuit last year against his employer for allegedly endangering his and other miners’ with its noncompliance of key federal safety regulations. In 2010, Mr. Howard complained about a number of safety issues with company managers. Shortly after, he received a head injury on the job that required hospitalization.