New Mexico 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.
New Mexico Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- Former New Mexico Corrections worker files whistleblower suit
April 2, 2015 – A former Department of Corrections employee is suing the state agency, claiming she was fired in retaliation for speaking out about what she says was a legally questionable decision by her supervisor to hire an educational testing firm with ties to Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration. Catherine Johnson says in a complaint filed under the New Mexico Whistleblower Protection Act that she had an “exemplary” employment record as manager of the Adult Basic Education program for the department for a decade before she was fired in 2013. She says her firing came after she remarked during a meeting that her supervisor’s decision to change the vendor who administers GED testing for inmates was a waste of taxpayer money that may have violated the state procurement code.
- Whistleblower Lawsuit Leads To $75 Million Settlement With Three New Mexico Hospitals And Parent Company
February 5, 2015 – Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation and three affiliated New Mexico hospitals have agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit for $75 million, resolving allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by making illegal donations to county governments to boost federal payments received under a matching Medicaid funds program. According to the whistleblower lawsuit, which the U.S. joined in 2009, Community Health Systems made improper donations to Chaves, Luna and San Miguel counties in New Mexico, which they, and subsequently the state, used to obtain federal matching payments under the SCP program. Under this arrangement, Community Health Systems knowingly caused the state of New Mexico to submit false claims to the federal government. The alleged activity occurred for a little more than a decade starting in 2000 and ending in 2010.
- New Mexico health supervisor files whistleblower suit
December 27, 2014 – A New Mexico Health Department supervisor says she has been targeted by the agency after complaining about understaffing in the division that certifies health care facilities to receive Medicaid funds. Amber Espinosa-Trujillo, the former head of the agency’s Health Facility and Licensing Certification Bureau, filed a whistleblower lawsuit in state court this week. Her attorney stated that Espinosa-Trujillo was demoted after she complained about a shortage in personnel to review hospitals and other health care sites.
- Jury Awards New Mexico Whistleblower Thousands In Lost Wages And Benefits
September 10, 2013 – SANTA FE, N.M. – A jury of 12 has ordered the New Mexico Department of Health to pay a former employee $134,000 in lost pay and benefits she lost after being fired from her job for reporting alleged wrongdoing within the agency. Jennifer Smith had been employed by the state health department for six years before she was fired in July 2012. She filed a whistleblower complaint against the department, alleging her supervisors harassed her and retaliated against her for calling out financial mismanagement within the HIV Services Program. Her allegations included failure to compensate providers, missing budget data, and failure to file reports with the federal government as the department was bound to do under law.