Ohio 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.
Ohio Whistleblower News
- Medical Flight Company Ordered To Reinstate Whistleblower Pilot, Pay $166,000
February 12, 2015 – U.S. labor authorities ordered a medical transport service company to reinstate a helicopter pilot it terminated in retaliation for refusing to fly over mountainous terrain with a faulty emergency locator transmitter. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated Air Methods Corp., the largest medical flight company in the U.S., in response to a complaint filed by the pilot. OSHA investigators determined that Air Methods violated the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR21) when it fired the pilot, who was based at the company’s Lucasville, Ohio, location.
- VA whistleblower alleges discrimination for exposing evidence
February 2, 2015 – CLEVELAND, Ohio — An 11-year employee of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center has filed a lawsuit, alleging unlawful discrimination and intentionally downgrading her performance after the death of a veteran in 2010. Whistleblower Paula Leligdon, of Medina, who filed the 39-page lawsuit in U. S. District Court here, is currently a supervisor in the area of Psychiatry Social Work at the facility. Leligdon contends that, in April of 2010, a veteran was involved in a fight with another veteran at the Brecksville VA Outpatient Mental Health CIinic that resulted in the first veteran’s death.
- Whistleblower lawsuit against Auditor Mike Kovack moves to federal court
November 25, 2014 – A former information technology manager of the Medina County auditor’s office has transferred her lawsuit against Auditor Mike Kovack and Chief Deputy Joan Heller to federal court. In the lawsuit, Ehrlich accused Kovack, who was re-elected to his post on Nov. 4, of violating the Ohio Whistleblower Act by disciplining her, putting her on paid administrative leave and ultimately firing her.
- Omnicare Settles Whistleblower Allegations Of Fraud For $4.19 Million
March 4, 2014 – An Ohio corporation that provides prescription drugs to the elderly has agreed to pay the U.S. government $4.19 million to resolve a whistleblower’s allegations it engaged in an illegal kickback scheme that put financial gains over patients’ medical care. According to the U.S. Justice Department, Omnicare Inc. of Cincinnati solicited and received rewards from drug maker Amgen Inc. in exchange for implementing “therapeutic interchange” programs designed to switch Medicare beneficiaries from competitor drugs to Amgen’s anemia drug Aranesp. Based in Cincinnati, Omnicare provides drugs and pharmacy services primarily to the elderly in long-term care facilities and other health care establishments throughout the country.