Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island’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.
Rhode Island Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- Construction Giant Settles Whistleblower Allegations It Swiped Contracts Meant For Disabled Vets
March 21, 2015 – The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday it has reached a $1.1 million settlement with Gilbane Building Company, a Providence, Rhode Island-based company with 50 offices and more than 1,000 construction projects wordwide, to resolve whistleblower allegations that a Gilbane subsidiary created a front company as a means of getting government contracts intended for disabled veteran-owned businesses. The lawsuit, filed by Michael Jeske and Samuel McIntosh under the False Claims Act in a Florida federal court, claimed that subsidiary company W.G. Mills, a Florida construction company now doing business as Mills Gilbane, violated the False Claims Act by creating a fictitious company called Veterans Constructors Incorporated.
- RI whistleblower gets national political courage award
February 12, 2015 – PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A whistleblower who uncovered a kickback scheme by fellow North Providence town councilmen has received a prestigious national award given for “acts of political courage.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rhode Island says Paul Caranci was honored Wednesday in Washington by the National Association of Secretaries of State with the 2014 Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award. Past awardees have included former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and civil rights heroine Rosa Parks. Caranci reported the scheme to the FBI when he learned of it, then acted as a confidential informant and helped to secretly record several conversations about the scheme. The three councilmen were convicted and sent to prison.
- Whistleblower takes stand in bribery case
October 15, 2014 – PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The whistleblower who wore a wire to expose a corruption scheme on North Providence’s town council has testified that he wasn’t motivated to hurt a developer now on trial for bribery. Former Councilman Paul Caranci said Wednesday in federal court in Providence he went to the FBI when he heard of the scheme because he was concerned about corruption.