Nevada 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.
Nevada Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- OSHA Investigator Says Agency Fails To Protect Whistleblowers
February 27, 2015 – After years of being ordered to systematically dismiss “slam-dunk” whistleblower cases, an Occupational Safety and Heath Administration (OSHA) investigator is now turning the tables on his own agency, alleging it is intentionally failing to protect employees and contractors who risk everything to blow the whistle on wrongdoing in their workplace. Darrell Whitman, who has worked as an OSHA investigator for five years in the agency’s 9th region (American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, and Nevada), told NBC Bay Area that rather than enforce laws designed to protect workers who report misconduct from retaliation, instead “OSHA is hostile to whistleblowers.”
- Whistleblower Complaints Prompt U.S. To Sue Nevada Hospice Companies For False Claims
December 2, 2014 – The U.S. Justice Department said that it has intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit against Creekside Hospice of Las Vegas, Nev., and a group of affiliated companies for allegedly submitting ineligible claims for hospice services to Medicare and Medicaid and inflating the cost of patient visits when seeking reimbursement from the federal health care programs. Joanne Cretney-Tsosie and Veneta Lepera, who formerly worked as clinical managers for Creekside, filed complaints in federal court under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act and in state court of the Nevada False Claims Act. Both the federal and Nevada statutes authorize private citizens to sue for fraud on behalf of the government and share up to 30 percent of any recovery resulting from their lawsuits.
- Metro officers ask Nevada attorney general to probe alleged cover-up
July 21, 2014 – Two Las Vegas police supervisors who pushed for transparency from the department’s troubled air unit are now asking the Nevada attorney general to investigate whether Metro brass covered up problems in the wake of an officer’s death. The officers have accused Metro’s administration of intentionally burying their monthslong audit of the air unit last year after search and rescue officer David VanBuskirk fell from a Metro helicopter a year ago. Under Nevada’s whistleblower law, the AG’s office can investigate if a local DA’s office is compromised by the investigation.