Missouri 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.
Missouri Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- Retaliation Claimed Against Whistleblower in Ellingson Drowning Case
JUNE 11, 2015 – ST. LOUIS, Missouri — An attorney for a Missouri Highway Patrol officer who questioned how the Patrol handled the drowning death of Brandon Ellingson, of Clive, says his client has been disciplined and demoted for “telling the truth.” Attorney Chet Pleban released a statement Thursday saying Sgt. Randy Henry has been demoted to corporal and transferred to a new position about an hour and a half away from his home. Pleban believes the MHP wants Henry to retire, but says his client will fight the disciplinary action.
- Former Mercy doc alleges wrongful firing after blowing whistle on fraud
May 27, 2015 – A former Mercy doctor who was once head of the oncology department is suing the hospital, saying he was wrongly fired because he testified against his employer and alleged that two doctors were committing Medicare and Medicaid fraud. The lawsuit, filed last week in federal court by Dr. Viran Roger Holden, alleges Mercy is in violation of laws regarding wrongful discharge and breach of contract and the Federal Whistleblowers Protection Act. It also accuses three other Mercy employees of “tortious interference with employment.”
- MU hotline calls allege whistleblower retaliation, other misconduct
February 1, 2015 – The University of Missouri System’s ethics and compliance hotline brought in about as many calls in 2014 as the past two years combined with the majority of the calls coming from employees of University of Missouri Health Care. Unlike the bulk of the complaints regarding billing concerns and possible patient privacy violations, a handful of complaints toward the last half of the year alleged misconduct on the part of physicians and department chairs. The allegations describe a department chair engaging in ethnic origin discrimination and retaliation against whistleblowers, with retaliatory actions being used in a few other complaints.
- Whistleblower’s False Claims Lawsuit Leads To $30-Million Settlement With Therapy Providers
January 24, 2014 – A whistleblower who sued a group of contract therapy providers under the False Claims Act will receive $5.6 million for helping the government recover $30 million in Medicare funds, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday. The whistleblower sued RehabCare Group Inc., RehabCare Group East Inc., Rehab Systems of Missouri, and Health Systems Inc., alleging the companies devised and participated in a kickback scheme that put profits ahead of patient care. According to the lawsuit, between March 1, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2011, RehabCare and Rehab Systems of Missouri arranged a deal in which RehabCare would acquire Rehab Systems of Missouri’s patient therapy contracts with 60 nursing homes. In exchange, RehabCare paid Rehab Systems $400,000 to $600,000 up front and allowed Rehab Systems to retain a percentage of the revenue generated by each referral.