Arkansas 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.
Arkansas Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- Another whistleblower settlement from Bill Walker’s days at Career Education
May 20, 2015 – Bill Walker’s tenure as director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education was marked by not one, but two, payouts to people who said they’d been fired for blowing the whistle on improper practices at the state rehabilitation facility his department operates in Hot Springs.
- Whistleblower Complaint Leads To $15.69 Million Recovery For Medicare
May 15, 2015 – Sixteen U.S. hospitals and their parent companies have agreed to pay the U.S. $15.69 million collectively to resolve allegations brought by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act that they fraudulently billed Medicare for services that were not medically reasonable or necessary. Two of those facilities are Southwest Regional Medical Center and Summit Medical Center, both located in Arkansas.
- Judge Nixes Bayer’s Plan To Reinstate Whistleblower
May 11, 2015 – An Arkansas federal judge who ordered the reinstatement of a whistleblower terminated after implicating Bayer Corp. in a Medicare fraud scheme rebuked the pharmaceutical giant for attempting to reinstate the former employee to a job 500 miles away. Bayer fired sales representative Mike Townsend in 2010 after he blew the whistle on a scheme by a major Bayer customer to defraud Medicaid by illicitly billing the program for intrauterine contraceptives.
- Fort Smith denies hacking plaintiff’s attorney in whistleblower case
May 1, 2015 – The city of Fort Smith denies attempting to hack the computer of an attorney representing clients in an Arkansas Whistleblower Act lawsuit against Police Chief Kevin Lindsey, among others. In an April 10 motion for sanctions, an attorney claims an external hard drive containing discovery material provided to him by the police department “contained malicious software designed to hack into Plaintiffs’ counsel’s computer, rendering the hard drive unsafe for Plaintiffs’ use.”