South Dakota 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.
South Dakota Whistleblower News
- South Dakota mental health counselor jailed for false Medicaid claims
June 12, 2015 – A mental health counselor from Madison has been sent to jail for fraudulent billing to Medicaid. Attorney General Marty Jackley said Shawn Earl Nills, 42, Madison, was sentenced to serve 5 years in prison, but the harsher sentence was suspended if he serves 90 days in the county jail, two years of probation and pays restitution of $27,680.
- South Dakota struggles to curb Medicaid fraud
June 12, 2015 – A Medicaid fraud case involving a Madison counselor exposed a weakness in the state’s ability to catch false claims by doctors and other health care providers. Shawn Nills was sentenced to 90 days in jail Thursday after billing the state more than $9,000 for counseling sessions that never took place. Nills had to repay the state nearly $28,000 in damages. His fraud was uncovered when a patient with private insurance got an explanation of benefits letter from their insurance company about a session that never happened. That patient called Nills’ employer, and the employer discovered a pattern of fraud nearly two years long. If not for that letter, Nills’ behavior might have gone unnoticed for longer.
- Globe University Must Pay Whistleblower Nearly $1 Million For Wrongful Termination, Legal Fees
March 5, 2014 – A Minnesota judge has ordered Globe University to pay nearly $600,000 in attorney’s fees and related costs to a former dean who sued the school in April 2012 for allegedly firing her in retaliation for exposing fraudulent practices. Globe will have to pay the hefty fees on top of the $395,000 a jury awarded her last year for wrongful termination. Heidi Weber was fired from her position as dean of Globe University’s medical assistant department in 2011 after she accused the school of publishing false job-placement rates and inaccurate job salary statistics in an effort, she claimed, to lure prospective students. Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business, an affiliated school, have 11 campuses Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and online.