North Carolina 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.
North Carolina Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- North Carolina forces through anti-whistleblower “ag-gag” law
June 3, 2015 – The state Senate voted Wednesday afternoon voted to override Republican Gov. Pat McCrory veto of a so-called “ag-gag” bill that would allow businesses to sue employees who secretly record illegal activity, as well as activists who enter private property without permission.
- UNC Settles Whistleblower Retaliation Case For $335K
March 20, 2015 – A whistleblower who sued the University of North Carolina (UNC) for retaliating against her after she complained of an academic fraud scheme settled her case with the university for $335,000. Mary Willingham, a former UNC learning specialist, first voiced concerns over research that showed most of 180 UNC athletes tested could not read at a high school level. Looking into the matter further, she became aware of “paper classes” at UNC that never were held, while students enrolled in these classes earned high grades for papers they submitted, regardless of their quality.
- North Carolina medical examiner whistleblower gets day in court
JANUARY 7, 2015 – A self-described whistleblower who once worked for the N.C. medical examiner’s office got his first day in court Wednesday. Kevin Gerity, who used to help pathologists with autopsies, contends he was forced to retire in 2013 after cooperating with an investigation into mishandled murder evidence. The investigation stemmed from the 2011 autopsy of Terrell Boykin, a Cumberland County homicide victim. Gerity said he found a bullet lying near the autopsy table following the examination and gave it to Dr. Clay Nichols, the pathologist who conducted the autopsy. But Nichols kept the bullet in a desk drawer and never turned it over to detectives. His final autopsy report read “no bullet is recovered.”
- North Carolina Company Ordered To Reinstate Driver Fired For Reporting Faulty Brakes
February 7, 2012 – The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered a North Carolina commercial printing company to reinstate a former truck driver it fired after he reported safety concerns about his company-owned truck. An investigation conducted under OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program found that Salisbury-based Rowan Business Forms violated the Surface Transportation Assistance Act’s whistleblower provision when it fired its driver for reporting a dangerous mechanical problem that affected his ability to brake properly. In addition to reinstatement, OSHA also ordered Rowan Business Forms and its owners and officers to pay the former driver more than $83,000 in back wages, interest, and compensatory and punitive damages.