Virginia 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.
Virginia Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- The man who was jailed for 22 years – on the fantasy evidence of a single hair
June 23, 2015 – Kirk Odom spent 31 years in prison and on parole after pseudoscientific analysis that has finally been discredited. Now the FBI admits it was wrong – in Odom’s case, and many thousands like it. There is a former FBI agent, a veteran of 16 years in the Washington forensic laboratory, who is happy to talk. Fred Whitehurst is the whistleblower who first sounded the alarm from inside the institution, setting the ball rolling that would lift the lid on the hair analysis disaster and eventually lead to the clearing of Odom’s name. “It isn’t a good idea being a whistleblower at the FBI,” Whitehurst said. “They will crush you. They will send you to be psychiatrically evaluated, as they did to me, just like in the old Soviet Union.”
- Children’s Hospital to Pay $12.9 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations
June 19, 2015 – Children’s Hospital, Children’s National Medical Center Inc. and its affiliated entities (collectively CNMC) have agreed to pay $12.9 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by submitting false cost reports and other applications to the components and contractors of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as well as to Virginia and District of Columbia Medicaid programs, the Department of Justice announced today. CNMC is based in Washington, D.C., and provides pediatric care throughout the metropolitan region.
- U.S. Government, Whistleblowers Sue Omnicare Over Illegal Nursing Home Kickbacks
January 3, 2015 – The U.S. government has joined a pair of whistleblower lawsuits against Omnicare Inc., the nation’s largest provider of prescription drugs and pharmacy consulting services to nursing homes, alleging the company received several million dollars in illegal kickbacks from Abbott Laboratories in exchange for pushing its drug Depakote on nursing home patients with dementia. The U.S. filed its complaint against Omnicare in two whistleblower lawsuits filed under the False Claims Act and consolidated in the Western District of Virginia. The whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act authorize private individuals to sue on behalf of the federal government when they have first-hand knowledge and evidence of fraud committed against U.S. programs and agencies. “Although the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia is small, we will not waver in our pursuit of the largest corporations, like Omnicare and Abbott, who illegally raid the coffers of Medicaid, Medicare, and other healthcare benefit programs,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Anthony Giorno for the Western District of Virginia.
- Moving Services Company Settles Whistleblower Allegations With U.S.
July 14, 2014 – A Virginia-based moving management company has agreed to pay the U.S. government nearly $510,000 to resolve a whistleblower’s allegations that it overbilled the government for moving services it provided to federal employees being relocated. RE/MAX Allegiance Relocation Services was sued under the federal False Claims Act by Michael Angel, a former employee. Mr. Angel filed his lawsuit in federal court in Alexandria, Va., alleging the company charged the government for moving services that it never provided and overbilled federal agencies by adding inapplicable tariff charges.