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Former employee sues treatment center over wrongful termination

By Shaun Zinck | Jun 16, 2015

A former employee of the Rainbow Center in Michigan filed a lawsuit in United States District Court in Michigan arguing wrongful termination.

DETROIT (Legal Newsline) - A former employee of a methadone treatment center is suing the company over wrongful termination.

Philip Wilson filed the lawsuit June 2 in U.S. District Court in Michigan against Rainbow Center of Michigan and President Harriet Alexander, claiming he was fired for voicing concerns about the company's Medicaid billing.

Wilson said in the lawsuit he believed the center was billing Medicaid for services that weren't done or properly performed, in violation of the False Claims Act. He further claims some of the services provided should not have been billed to Medicaid based on the federal government's requirements.

He claims he attempted to voice his concerns internally, but there was no improvement. In March he reported his accusations to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Wilson said in the lawsuit he told the company that he had reported the alleged fraud.

On April 15, Wilson said the company fired him claiming it was due to him reporting the alleged Medicaid fraud.

Wilson is seeking an unspecified amount in damages, plus court and attorneys costs in the lawsuit.

Wilson is represented by Joey S. Niskar of The Niskar Law Firm, PLLC in Farmington Hills, Mich.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division case number 2:15-cv-11990.

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