Wyoming 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.
Wyoming Whistleblower News
- Natrona County Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit With Former Alcova Manager
April 9, 2015 – The Natrona County Commission and the former Alcova reservoir manager have settled a federal lawsuit he brought claiming the county’s Road and Bridge Department submitted bogus grant proposals to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. In the lawsuit filed in October 2013, Charlie Loraas claimed the Road and Bridge Department filed false financial reports to Reclamation about Alcova, Pathfinder and Gray Reef reservoirs amounting to more than $1 million for grants and projects: “While creating the appearance that it was operating the Reservoirs at a loss, the County has for the most part actually operated the Reservoirs at a profit and has diverted those profits to county uses other than Reservoir maintenance and operation.”
- Wyoming lawmakers: Bill isn’t an “ag-gag”
March 10, 2015 – CHEYENNE – State officials are pushing back against claims that a new law would prevent whistleblowers from reporting animal abuse cases and other illegal agricultural practices. The law, which went into effect immediately, makes it a crime to trespass on private lands to unlawfully collect certain information. The legislation has been criticized by several national advocacy groups, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Center for Food Safety. They say it is a so-called “ag-gag” measure that would prevent animal rights advocates, journalists and others from documenting abuse on the state’s farms, ranches and food processing facilities.
- Whistleblower Says Wyoming County Defrauded U.S. Government By Falsifying Financial Records
May 14, 2014 – A Wyoming county employee has filed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging officials in Natrona County, Wyo., defrauded the federal government by falsifying financial records to acquire more grant money from the U.S. government. The whistleblower also says he was fired from his job of 22 years after he reported the fraud. Charles Loraas, who served as the superintendent of Alcova Reservoir from 1989 to 2011, claims that Natrona County Bridge and Parks division cheated the U.S. government by falsifying financial records related to the cost of maintaining the reservoirs and expenses it incurred in operating the lakes.