Mississippi 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.
Mississippi Whistleblower News
- Mississippi whistleblower getting $3.5M in hospital fraud case
May 25, 2015 – A former employee of a Mississippi hospital is getting almost $3.5 million as part of a string of settlements where 18 hospitals in seven states have agreed to pay $20.4 million over allegations they broke federal law by receiving Medicare reimbursements for psychiatric services that were not “medically reasonable or necessary.” Ryan Ladner worked for Allegiance Health Management at what’s now Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg when his lawyer says Ladner saw illegal billing.
- Whistleblower Tips Prompted Closure Of Mississippi Cancer Clinic
August 22, 2014 – Tips from a group of whistleblowers led to the July 2011 closing of a multi-million cancer treatment facility in Summit, Miss., and the prison sentences of its founder and key employees, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported. The Mississippi Health Department shuttered the Rose Cancer Center for its “unsafe infection control practices” after 11 of the clinic’s patients were hospitalized with the same bacterial infection. Subsequent investigations led to the prosecution of Dr. Meera Sachdeva, who started the clinic in 2005 and received 20 years in federal prison for health care fraud and two counts of making false statements. Dr. Sachdeva was also ordered to pay $8.2 million in restitution.
- State Farm Seeks New Trial In Mississippi Whistleblower Fraud Case
May 18, 2013 – Illinois-based State Farm and Casualty Co. has asked a federal judge to overturn a Mississippi jury’s finding the insurance company defrauded the U.S. government by allegedly manipulating damage reports after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005 to blame damage on storm-surge floods instead of wind damage.
The whistleblower case originated with Cori and Kerri Rigsby of Ocean Springs, Miss., sisters who worked for an Alabama contractor State Farm hired to assess damages after the hurricane. The borderline category-3 / category-4 storm was the costliest and most destructive storm in U.S. history. It decimated entire cities along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Alabama.
- Fraud Settlements With Drug Companies Amount To Big Return For Mississippi Taxpayers
September 28, 2012 – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood handed state lawmakers a check for more than $35 million in funds recovered by his office mainly from several cases of health care fraud committed by big-name pharmaceutical companies. “Through our office’s hard work in the past several months, we are pleased to be able to return this money to the people,” Mr. Hood said. The $35 million returned to Mississippi includes more than $13 million from an agreement to settle allegations of fraud amid the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) litigation with Barr Laboratories, Inc., IVAX Pharmaceuticals, Sicor Pharamceuticals Inc., and Teva Pharmaceuticals.
- Mississippi medical equipment company to pay $1.8 million to settle whistleblower lawsuit filed in Birmingham
September 05, 2012 – A Mississippi medical equipment company has agreed to pay nearly $1.8 million to settle claims in a 2009 whistleblower lawsuit filed in Birmingham that the company bilked government insurance groups out of money for delivery of diabetic supplies to patients, federal officials announced today. Pinnacle Medical Solutions, a medical equipment company based in Southhaven, Miss., in an agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Birmingham today has agreed to settle the False Claims Act lawsuit brought by two former employees including Wendy Horne, a former reimbursement specialist for that company.