Maryland does have a state False Claims Act; however, it only applies to cases involving Medicaid fraud. 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.
Maryland Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- Maryland General Assembly approves bill to help prevent fraud
April 8, 2015 – ANNAPOLIS, Md. —The Maryland General Assembly has approved a measure aimed at stopping fraud and abuse in state and local government. The House of Delegates gave final approval to the bill on Wednesday on an 82-56 vote, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan. The measure is designed to help whistleblowers and encourage them to tell the government about fraud committed by private contractors.
- Whistleblower Receives $250,000 In Maritime Pollution Case After Exposing Illegal Wastewater Dumping
February 9, 2015 – A whistleblower whose tips exposed illegal wastewater dumping from a Japanese car carrier ship near Chesapeake Bay will receive $250,000 as his share of a $1.8 million fine. Hachiuma Steamship Co., a subsidiary of NYK Line, pleaded guilty in a federal court in Baltimore Friday to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from ships, which requires oily wastewater to be cleaned in an oil separator before it is dumped into the sea.
- Fraud in state contracts is target for Frosh and False Claims Act
February 5th, 2015 – Attorney General Brian Frosh moved to broaden Maryland’s fight against fraud on Thursday, backing legislation that would include false claims against private contractors completing work for state and local governments in the Maryland False Claims Act. This bill would also empower employees to report fraud within the walls of their own company. The compensation for employees outlined in the bill would be “not less than 15% of award, and not more than 25%,” said David Nitkin of the Attorney Generals’ office. Under the bill and if a case is successful, the state or local government could get triple damages for its loss.
- Whistleblower cop Joseph Crystal recalls his battles with Baltimore’s blue wall of silence
January 20, 2015 – Faced with a potentially life-changing dilemma, Joseph Crystal asked his parents what to do. “Both my parents were NYPD police,” Crystal says by phone from a law office in New York City. What Crystal did next cuts to the heart of police culture, in Baltimore and a lot of other cities. For turning in two officers who brutalized a drug suspect, Crystal was threatened and ostracized and eventually hounded out of the department. On Dec. 22, he filed a civil lawsuit demanding more than $10 million. “I always knew there would be a certain level of blow-back,” Crystal says. “I just never anticipated how much and where it was gonna be coming from.”