Montana does have a state False Claims Act. Whistleblowers may file claims of fraud, waste or abuse affecting state government. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services rates Montana’s FCA at least as strong as the federal FCA when it comes to Medicaid Fraud claims. 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.
Montana Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- Interior Department upholds whistleblower status for ousted tribal leader
April 29, 2015 – BILLINGS – The U.S. Department of Interior has confirmed its initial finding that the Chippewa Cree Business Committee violated whistleblower laws when it ousted Chairman Ken St. Marks in March 2013. In a 28-page final disposition issued Friday, DOI ordered the tribe to stop any further retaliation against St. Marks relating to any protected disclosures he made to the agency or investigators about American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money provided to the tribe.
- Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover More Than $5 Million From Medical Device Manufacturer
February 24, 2014 – A whistleblower who sued his former employer, medical device manufacturer EndoGastric Solutions Inc., under the U.S. False Claims Act will receive nearly $1 million for his role in exposing alleged fraud at the company and helping the U.S. recover millions in government health care funds.
EndoGastric Solutions agreed to pay the U.S. up to $5.25 million to resolve allegations that it misled health care providers about how to bill taxpayer-funded health care programs for using a device called EsophyX, which it manufactures.
- U.S. Recovers $3.95 Million From Montana Hospitals For False Claims Act And Stark Law Violations
June 5, 2013 – Two Montana hospitals have agreed to pay nearly $4 million plus interest to the federal government to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act (FCA) and the Stark Law by providing incentive pay to doctors who referred patients to the hospitals.
The False Claims Act is designed to facilitate the recovery of money from persons and companies (usually government contractors) who defraud the federal government. The FCA contains a “qui tam” or “whistleblower” provision that allows individuals not affiliated with the federal government to sue on its behalf and receive a percent of the recovery.