Washington does have a state False Claims Act; however, it only applies to cases involving Medicaid fraud. But, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services rates Washington’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.
Washington Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- Jury awards nearly $1.4M to fired billing manager
April 8, 2015 – A federal jury in Tacoma awards former Harrison Medical Center billing supervisor nearly $1.4 million for retaliation and wrongful firing in a Medicare fraud investigation. The eight-member jury heard three days of testimony in U.S. District Court before returning the verdict in favor of Lori Cook, an experienced billing supervisor who was hired as billing manager for Harrison Home Care, a subsidiary of the medical center, which is headquartered in Bremerton and supports clinics on the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas.
- Judge Orders USPS To Compensate, Promote Whistleblower
March 2, 2015 – A federal judge in Washington ordered the U.S. Postal Service to pay an employee nearly $230,000 in damages and raise his pay for retaliating against him after he encouraged a co-worker to report job-related health concerns to federal safety authorities. He found himself working in “an increasingly hostile work environment,” and within months he was transferred another office, forced to work in an unheated storage room, demoted, publicly humiliated, and subjected to a series of antagonistic interviews. The employee also received a disciplinary letter and was refused a promotion. He filed his first whistleblower complaint to OSHA in April 2008, followed by several more complaints as the hostilities increased. The whistleblower’s multiple complaints finally caught OSHA’s attention, prompting the agency to investigate. OSHA determined the employee’s complaints were valid and acted on his behalf.
- Seattle’s best-paid employee sues over treatment following fire department scandal
October 21, 2014 – A deputy chief with the Seattle Fire Department, James Woodbury made a whistleblower complaint to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission in October 2008, after a fire inspector failed to collect $200,000 owed the department for providing firefighting oversight at Qwest Field during Seahawks games. The inspector also used his position to secure free backstage passes to a Miley Cyrus concert at KeyArena. Briefly demoted after making his complaint to city ethics watchdogs in late 2008, Woodbury has been fighting the demotion ever since.
- U.S. Paying Legal Fees Of Corporations In Hanford Whistleblower Case, Senator Wants To Know Why
July 12, 2014 – Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz demanding to know why the federal government has paid at least $3.5 million in legal expenses on behalf of private contractors fighting the claims of two whistleblowers who allege the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State is riddled with serious safety hazards. Senator McCaskill, head of the Senate Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, is investigating the claims of Walter Tamosaitis and Donna Busche, two longtime Hanford employees who claim they were fired in retaliation for reporting serious and widespread safety threats at the site. Hanford is the most polluted nuclear site in the U.S. For decades it processed plutonium for nuclear weapon but is now dedicated to the multi-billion-dollar task of cleaning up all the radioactive waste.