June 20, 2002 State of California and County of Los Angeles
The State of California and County of Los Angeles have agreed to pay over $73 Million Dollars to settle a qui tam lawsuit filed by Gurubanda Singh Khalsa, an employee of the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health. The allegations in the case were that the State and County directly or indirectly billed the federal health care program for services provided to certain minors when they had no basis for concluding that these individuals were financially qualified to receive Medicaid services. The services at issue in the case involved drug and alcohol abuse, pregnancy and pregnancy related services, family planning, sexual assault treatment, sexually transmitted diseases and mental health services.
As part of the settlement, Ms. Khalsa will receive over $1.5 Million Dollars for having filed the qui tam case.
See U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release 6/20/02