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Former Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Hospice of the Comforter

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The whistleblower retaliation lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Orlando by former financial executive Douglas Stone, who warned the non-profit about the hefty fines that could be incurred by the continual act of billing Medicare for patients kept in the hospice program for too long.

In the lawsuit, Stone says he repeatedly cautioned the CEO and the Board of Directors that the organization could owe million of dollars in repayments and penalties to the federal government. He was then suspended, his warnings brushed off, and eventually fired.

The lawsuit alleges that Stone was one of two executives forced out of the hospice facility, and said that the facility founder and CEO, Robert Wilson, obtained more than half his pay from bonuses based on the number of daily billable patients. The bonuses reached to nearly $200,00 per year.

The lawsuit seeks reinstatement for Stone to his former position, back pay with interest, and compensation for damage to his reputation as the result of being suspended and fired. “It would have been easier for me to keep my mouth shut,” Stone said. “I’m sure they’re going to try to assassinate my character. But I think there are too many people in my position who know a lot more than they say, and they just coast through instead of standing up for what’s right,” the Orlando Sentinel reported. disclaimer: This article: Former Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Hospice of the Comforter was posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 7:14 pm at and is filed under Fraud Lawsuits.

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