The Lousiana Board of Veterinary Medicine along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are investigations a Lousiana veterinarian hospital after a courageous whistleblower came forward. The anonymous whistleblower is sharing information with the authorities that the hospital was abusing their controlled substance license.
About the Whistleblower Statute
In 1863 to combat fraud in Union contracts during the Civil War, Congress passed the Whistleblower or Qui Tam statute. It was not until 1986 before Congress modernized the Whistleblower statute and renamed it to the False Claims Act (FCA). It became the government’s primary tool to combat fraud. Individuals who report government-program fraud bring the lawsuit on behalf of the government.
The Law Protects and Rewards a Whistleblower
When a knowledgeable attorney like those found at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm files a False Claims Act lawsuit, he or she files it under a seal. This means it is completely confidential. There is also a full disclosure statement in the suit, which details the evidence collected by a whistleblower.
After we file your suit, the Department of Justice will review the evidence before deciding to step in and decide if they want to prosecute the case. The government’s fraud investigator will work closely with you, the whistleblower to identify all responsible for the fraud.
The government could give you 15-30% of the funds recovered. In order to receive the reward, you must be the first one to file a case under the False Claims Act. This is why it is key to pick an experienced attorney to work quickly to get your compensation.
An unnamed veterinarian whistleblower is working with the Lousiana Board of Veterinary Medicine along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration after he came forward with information. He stated that the main vet at the practice used controlled narcotics for personal use instead of for the animals in her care. The lead veterinarian denies the claims and blames it on a former disgruntled employee.
However, the whistleblower provided information to state investigators including text messages discussing taking Xanax. Order counts began to double. Then, the vet asked the whistleblower to not log some of the Xanax. Regulators require logs to check inventory and dispensed prescriptions. The head veterinarian admits there were missing logs, yet blames it on employees.
The DEA has pulled her controlled substance license.
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