Saturday, February 17, 2007
Whistle-blower Lawsuit Settled in Alabama
Yesterday the Madison County Commission approved an out-of-court settlement of a federal whistle-blower lawsuit. Five of the six commissioners voted to pay $53,750 as the county’s part of a $110,000 settlement to end litigation that stemmed from the defunct Working Connection welfare-to-work program, according to Alabama’s Huntsville Times.
The program was designed to help find jobs for parents who didn’t have custody of their children, to help those parents pay child support. The county used about $2.2 million of the grant but forfeited the remaining $2.5 million when the program closed in July 2002. The Labor Department determined that the program was being mismanaged and that not enough people were receiving help.
Tommie Lockhart of Huntsville, executive director of the program from December 1999 to August 2000, who sued in October 2001 under the federal False Claims Act, will receive 30 percent of the settlement. The government will receive a 70 percent share after payment of $45,000 to Lockhart’s attorney, Kerri Riley, for legal fees. This settlement could save more than $1.3 million in taxpayers’ money, says the Huntsville Times.
Click on this link to read more about the verdict over the defunct jobs program.
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