Two courageous nurses who worked at Momence Meadows Nursing Center reported that they had witnessed fraudulent billing practices at the facility to government officials who in turn conducted an investigation into how owners of the facility were providing care. After determining that the allegations of the nurses’ were well founded, the nurses were then permitted to pursue the matter against the nursing home on the government’s behalf in a case referred to as a false claims act lawsuit.
After hearing the evidence in this case, a jury in Federal Court of Southern Illinois reached a verdict against the former owner of the facility. All told, the jury awarded approximately $28M based upon the fraudulent billing at the facility– billing for services either never provided or provided in an inferior manner. As individuals who initiated this fraudulent billing lawsuit, the nurses are entitled to a percentage of the verdict– reported to be approximately $7 million.