Wisconsin does have a state False Claims Act; however, it only applies to cases involving Medicaid fraud. 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.
Wisconsin Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Johnson opens email for whistleblowers
June 12, 2015 – After Tomah VA hospital employees were punished for exposing health care problems, Senator Ron Johnson started an e-mail address for other federal whistleblowers to come forward. Thursday, the Wisconsin Republican presided over a Senate hearing in which 5 whistleblowers in various government sectors described the waste, fraud, and abuse they found — and how they were punished for exposing their bosses.
- Fraud-Weary PharMerica Whistleblower Sets Sights On New Profession
June 1, 2015 – The whistleblower whose lawsuit and tips prompted her former employer, pharmacy management company PharMerica, to settle earlier this month with the U.S. government for $31.5 million told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the experience compelled her to seek a new career. “I never dreamed I’d be living in a ‘CSI’ episode,” whistleblower Jennifer Buth told the Journal Sentinel, referring to the popular TV crime series. Ms. Buth, who holds a doctorate degree in pharmacy, worked at a Sam’s Club pharmacy in Wisconsin before she was recruited into PharMerica’s Pawaukee operation as the managing pharmacist – a position that paid her six figures and placed a dozen other employees in her charge. Ms. Buth filed a lawsuit against the company in 2009 under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which allows private individuals to take legal action on behalf of the U.S. government and share a percentage of any recovery made.
- Whistleblower: DOJ Violated Federal Grant by Bunking Juveniles with Adult Inmates
January 26, 2015 – Serving as a federal agent in the Inspector General’s office in the Department of Justice (DOJ) allowed Jill Semmerling to serve as a “watchdog to ensure there was no waste, fraud or abuse.” As part of her work, Ms. Semmerling started looking at allegations that the state of Wisconsin was misusing federal grant money. In the process, Semmerling discovered that administration of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA) was being misrun. As Wisconsin was being investigated, Semmerling began to see that this activity extended into other states, and “DOJ officials had been winking at similar abuses nationwide.” After that, she started to feel pressure, as her supervisors tried to persuade her to keep her investigations to Wisconsin. According to Carrie Johnson’s story for NPR, Semmerling was “yanked…from the case altogether” and experienced such stress that it caused an autoimmune disease to flare up. “It was pretty awful,” she said. “You didn’t know where to turn.”
- Whistleblower Sues Milwaukee Aircraft Manufacturer, Others For Deliberately Overcharging Government
August 17, 2014 – MILWAUKEE, Wis. – A whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former employee of a Milwaukee-based aircraft manufacturer alleges the company used special software to hide illegal markups on bills it submitted to the U.S. Defense Department for reimbursement on aircraft parts. Plaintiff Mary Patzer, a former financial analyst and assistant controller at Derco Aerospace Inc., filed the lawsuit in 2011 on behalf of the federal government under the qui tam or “whistleblower” provisions of the False Claims Act. The case was unsealed this week by federal judge Rudolph Randa. Ms. Patzer alleges that Derco, its parent company Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. of Stratford, Conn., and sister company Sikorsky Support Services Inc. jacked up the prices on aircraft parts it purchased from other vendors by 20 percent on bills it submitted to the government. According to the lawsuit, the illegal markup was difficult to detect because the companies used special software programmed to incorporate the markup into the prices it paid other manufacturers for the parts as reflected on the bills submitted to the Defense Department.