Deed Sheds Light On Flinthills Client’s Housing Situation

By Lee White

In this blog post, I discussed a Flinthills Services, Inc. client who signed a quitclaim deed giving up rights to his home in Burns. At the time, I did not know exactly what rights he gave up when he signed the deed. Now, I do.

Let’s review. Northview Developmental Services, Inc., of Newton, which had acquired the home from a couple in 1994, sold its rights to the client’s property to Flinthills via quitclaim deed on April 4, 2011. On April 26, 2011, client Dwayne Suffield signed a quitclaim deed gifting his rights to Flinthills. Click here to view those deeds.

Unclear at the time of the original blog post: What rights was Suffield giving up when he signed the quitclaim deed? This morning, I obtained another deed signed September 4, 1998, in which Northview granted Suffield property rights commonly referred to as a “life estate:”

“…for and during his natural life provided that he should occupy the real estate at all times. In the event of the death of Dwayne Suffield or should he not occupy the real estate for 365 continuous days, the real estate shall revert and become the property of Northview Developmental Services, Inc.”

Click here to view a copy of this deed. People with life estates typically do not pay rent. They usually do pay property taxes, homeowners insurance premiums, and maintenance costs.

The effects of Suffield signing a quitclaim deed — if the deed were held to be valid by a judge, which is a big “if” due to his possible lack of capacity to sign away his rights — are far reaching. With a life estate, Suffield could have lived in the home until he either died or was gone (say, in a nursing or group home) for 365 days. Without that life estate, he is essentially a tenant of Flinthills and may be subject to eviction. Had he not signed the deed, Flinthills would have received full rights to the property upon Suffield’s death or year-long absence.

I am forwarding information about this deed to the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). It is my sincere hope that KDADS and Suffield’s conservator, if he has one, will take this matter up with an attorney who is well-versed in real property law.

Democrat? Want To Help Pick Sheriff? BETTER HURRY!

Voters have until noon, June 1 to change party affiliations. The deadline coincides with the candidate filing deadline and is the result of a law the Kansas Legislature passed in 2014. Click here to read more in The Butler County Times-Gazette.

Thus far, no Democratic candidates have filed for the office of Butler County Sheriff. That means only voters who are registered Republicans can cast ballots in the sheriff’s race on August 2 unless a Democrat files at the last minute. There are two ways Democrats can get involved, but they must act before the deadline:

  1. Register as a Republican before noon, June 1. Voters can always change party affiliations after the primary election is over.
  2. Register as Unaffiliated before noon, June 1. At the polls, an unaffiliated voter can declare a party affiliation and receive a Republican ballot.

Not sure whether you’re registered or what your party affiliation is? Click here to look up your registration information using Kansas Voter View. For more information about voter registration, contact the Butler County Election Office at (316) 322-4239.

A New Low For Flinthills, Butler County Government

By Lee White

I have been burning up this keyboard the past 24 hours since I learned that Flinthills Services had filed a bogus complaint against me with the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) for reporting on the possible exploitation of one of its clients as described in a federal whistleblower lawsuit.

My phone call yesterday with Kathy Walter, Flinthills executive director, was a decidedly unpleasant one. Sure, I was upset. Who likes having complaints filed against them — especially when they are thinly-veiled attempts by a public agency to stifle constitutionally-protected free speech?

But Walter was rude and arrogant to me when it was her agency that was likely at fault. Instead of addressing the problems with her own employees that led to the situation with the client, she chose to hide behind a mandatory reporting requirement and come after me. Shoot the messenger.

What a failure as a leader Ms. Walter is!

I wouldn’t entrust my worst enemy to the care of Flinthills after the experience I have had with her and the Cowards of the County (Commissioners) who appoint its board of directors. They and County Administrator Will Johnson have refused to address my grievances in any way. I can see why Ms. Walter got the job. She fits in nicely in Butler County government.

I broke absolutely no laws by publicly identifying the client in question. I only did so because it was necessary to show his signature to illustrate that he might have been taken advantage of. Ms. Walter would have known that I didn’t break the law had she bothered to read it. Click here to read the state law concerning abuse, neglect, or exploitation of adults. Who do you think really may have broken the law? Furthermore, if Ms. Walter’s understanding of this important law is so poor that she believed I violated it, how can she be expected to protect the clients in her care?

I have faxed a letter to KDADS Interim Secretary Tim Keck asking him to launch an investigation into whether the client was exploited when he signed a quitclaim deed in 2011 gifting the rights to his house to Flinthills.

That’s not all. I contacted the media, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, the deputy U.S. attorney overseeing Canady’s case, and the county attorneys of Marion and Butler Counties. The only people I’ve heard from: A producer at KWCH-TV and Marion County Clerk Tina Spencer, who was working late last night and notified me that the parcel search system was down. You folks in Marion County need to keep that hard-working lady in office!

Another one I never heard from (didn’t really expect to) was Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet, who is now president of the Flinthills Board of Directors and has been a member of the board since shortly before Canady’s firing in March 2012. Is Sheriff Herzet supportive of Walter’s actions in filing the complaint against me? Did this happen because I support Walker Andrews for sheriff? One wonders. One really wonders.

I will continue to write about the deep-seated problems in Butler County government. I will not be deterred by these foolish tactics. Although I do not live there for many reasons — some completely unrelated to the awful public officials and the people who vote themselves the spoils of democracy by keeping them in office — I still have friends and family in Butler County. I’m probably the only one left with the skills and long-term knowledge to do what I do effectively. Not bragging. It’s just that nobody has killed me yet.

As for this complaint, it needs to be dropped. KDADS has better things to do than to carry out vendettas against political opponents. That’s what I believe is really going on here — just a little old-fashioned intimidation that backfired spectacularly on people who would do well to clean up the messes their people have made. And I’m not just talking about Flinthills. I’m talking about the county in general, which has seen massive turnover in its emergency medical service and in the sheriff’s department (not just the jail).

Ms. Walter needs to be disciplined for this. I really question whether she can continue to lead effectively given what has happened. It might behoove her to step aside.

As for the president of the Flinthills Board of Directors, Sheriff Herzet, it’ll be up to the voters to decide August 2 whether he continues as sheriff. It would be in his best interest politically to show some leadership and end this Flinthills debacle swiftly.

Kansas Law: Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation Of An Adult

By Lee White

Flinthills Services, Inc., a de facto Butler County public agency, is filing a complaint against me with the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) alleging that I exploited one of their clients by publishing his name, the nature of his disability, and the city where he lives. Below you will find Kansas law as it pertains to the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an adult. I will leave it to you to determine who has more to worry about here: Flinthills Services or me. Please read the earlier blog posts for details.

Article 14. – REPORTING ABUSE, NEGLECT OR EXPLOITATION OF CERTAIN PERSONS Next

 

39-1430. Abuse, neglect or exploitation of certain adults; definitions. As used in this act:

(a) ”Adult” means an individual 18 years of age or older alleged to be unable to protect their own interest and who is harmed or threatened with harm, whether financial, mental or physical in nature, through action or inaction by either another individual or through their own action or inaction when: (1) Such person is residing in such person’s own home, the home of a family member or the home of a friend; (2) such person resides in an adult family home as defined in K.S.A. 39-1501, and amendments thereto; or (3) such person is receiving services through a provider of community services and affiliates thereof operated or funded by the Kansas department for children and families or the Kansas department for aging and disability services or a residential facility licensed pursuant to K.S.A. 75-3307b, and amendments thereto. Such term shall not include persons to whom K.S.A. 39-1401 et seq., and amendments thereto, apply.

(b) ”Abuse” means any act or failure to act performed intentionally or recklessly that causes or is likely to cause harm to an adult, including:

(1) Infliction of physical or mental injury;

(2) any sexual act with an adult when the adult does not consent or when the other person knows or should know that the adult is incapable of resisting or declining consent to the sexual act due to mental deficiency or disease or due to fear of retribution or hardship;

(3) unreasonable use of a physical restraint, isolation or medication that harms or is likely to harm an adult;

(4) unreasonable use of a physical or chemical restraint, medication or isolation as punishment, for convenience, in conflict with a physician’s orders or as a substitute for treatment, except where such conduct or physical restraint is in furtherance of the health and safety of the adult;

(5) a threat or menacing conduct directed toward an adult that results or might reasonably be expected to result in fear or emotional or mental distress to an adult;

(6) fiduciary abuse; or

(7) omission or deprivation by a caretaker or another person of goods or services which are necessary to avoid physical or mental harm or illness.

(c) ”Neglect” means the failure or omission by one’s self, caretaker or another person with a duty to supply or provide goods or services which are reasonably necessary to ensure safety and well-being and to avoid physical or mental harm or illness.

(d) ”Exploitation” means misappropriation of an adult’s property or intentionally taking unfair advantage of an adult’s physical or financial resources for another individual’s personal or financial advantage by the use of undue influence, coercion, harassment, duress, deception, false representation or false pretense by a caretaker or another person.

(e) ”Fiduciary abuse” means a situation in which any person who is the caretaker of, or who stands in a position of trust to, an adult, takes, secretes, or appropriates their money or property, to any use or purpose not in the due and lawful execution of such person’s trust or benefit.

(f) ”In need of protective services” means that an adult is unable to provide for or obtain services which are necessary to maintain physical or mental health or both.

(g) ”Services which are necessary to maintain physical or mental health or both” include, but are not limited to, the provision of medical care for physical and mental health needs, the relocation of an adult to a facility or institution able to offer such care, assistance in personal hygiene, food, clothing, adequately heated and ventilated shelter, protection from health and safety hazards, protection from maltreatment the result of which includes, but is not limited to, malnutrition, deprivation of necessities or physical punishment and transportation necessary to secure any of the above stated needs, except that this term shall not include taking such person into custody without consent except as provided in this act.

(h) ”Protective services” means services provided by the state or other governmental agency or by private organizations or individuals which are necessary to prevent abuse, neglect or exploitation. Such protective services shall include, but shall not be limited to, evaluation of the need for services, assistance in obtaining appropriate social services, and assistance in securing medical and legal services.

(i) ”Caretaker” means a person who has assumed the responsibility, whether legally or not, for an adult’s care or financial management or both.

(j) ”Secretary” means the secretary for the Kansas department for children and families.

(k) ”Report” means a description or accounting of an incident or incidents of abuse, neglect or exploitation under this act and for the purposes of this act shall not include any written assessment or findings.

(l) ”Law enforcement” means the public office which is vested by law with the duty to maintain public order, make arrests for crimes, investigate criminal acts and file criminal charges, whether that duty extends to all crimes or is limited to specific crimes.

(m) ”Involved adult” means the adult who is the subject of a report of abuse, neglect or exploitation under this act.

(n) ”Legal representative,” “financial institution” and “governmental assistance provider” shall have the meanings ascribed thereto in K.S.A. 39-1401, and amendments thereto.

No person shall be considered to be abused, neglected or exploited or in need of protective services for the sole reason that such person relies upon spiritual means through prayer alone for treatment in accordance with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination in lieu of medical treatment.

History: L. 1989, ch. 129, § 1; L. 1998, ch. 200, § 8; L. 2003, ch. 91, § 11; L. 2014, ch. 115, § 167; July 1.

 

Flinthills Files Complaint With State Against Blogger

By Lee White

UPDATE 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016: Just received an e-mail from the Marion County Clerk stating that the entire parcel search feature on the county’s website has been down this evening. 

UPDATE 12:55 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016: A gentleman from a Wichita TV station asked me why I chose to use Mr. Suffield’s name in the first place. I did so because I believed there was no other way to illustrate the POSSIBILITY that he signed the quitclaim deed without knowing what he was signing or the ramifications of signing it. To do that, I had to publish his signature from the quitclaim deed. Now, I’m being investigated and punished because I had the audacity to expose potential wrongdoing. Unf——believable! 

UPDATE 8:45 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016: The Marion County Appraiser’s parcel search feature is functioning again (see link below).

UPDATE 10:15 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016: I have just faxed Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services Secretary Tim Keck. I am asking his agency to investigate whether employees of Flinthills Services, Inc. or anyone else has committed financial wrongdoing to the client from Burns who signed a quitclaim deed in 2011 gifting his rights to his home to Flinthills. Click here to view the letter. 

Flinthills Services Executive Director Kathy Walter confirmed by phone this afternoon that the agency has filed an Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation (ANE) complaint against me for writing this earlier blog post. The complaint alleges that I exploited Flinthills client Dwayne Suffield by reporting his name, the city where he lives, and the fact that he is developmentally disabled. Walter said her agency is required by law to report what it believes are instances of exploitation to the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) and does so without expressing an opinion on the merits of the case.

This is clearly an attempt to silence critics and to divert attention from one of the central questions posed in the blog post mentioned above: Why did Dwayne Suffield sign a quitclaim deed gifting Flinthills Services all rights to the home where he was living in Burns (and who might have encouraged him to do so)? In her federal whistleblower lawsuit against Flinthills detailed in the blog post, plaintiff Gloria Canady alleged financial wrongdoing against a client with the initials D.S.

I obtained Mr. Suffield’s name from public records and other sources including this page I captured in 2012 from Flinthills’ own website. Those photos appeared to match these pictures of the house that came from the Marion County website. I drove from my home in suburban Kansas City, Missouri, to the Marion County Courthouse on April 22 to obtain a copy of the quitclaim deed, which you may view — along with other deeds related to the property in question — by clicking here.

I knew which deeds to look for by doing a parcel search on the Marion County Appraiser’s website. I have redacted the street address, but you can view the results I obtained in April by clicking here. I heard from the Marion County Clerk late on the evening of May 18, 2016, that the parcel search feature on the website had been down. You’re always welcome to perform your own search at the above link to the appraiser’s website.

Beyond being a thinly-veiled attempt to distract public attention from the real issues presented in the earlier blog post, I believe Flinthills’ actions are an attack on my First Amendment rights under color of law. Flinthills is a publicly-funded agency with a board of directors appointed by the Butler County Commission. Public officials should be way more concerned about investigating whatever happened to Mr. Suffield in 2011 than they apparently are in investigating my efforts to expose it.

I am contacting the Kansas Attorney General’s office, the deputy U.S. attorney assigned to Canady’s case, Canady’s attorneys, and the news media in the Wichita, Topeka, and Kansas City metropolitan areas. I am also sending an e-mail voicing my strenuous objections to these tactics to the Butler and Marion County commissioners and a letter to KDADS Interim Secretary Tim Keck.

Fraud At Flinthills? Fired Employee Files Federal Whistleblower Lawsuit

A former employee of Flinthills Services, Inc. has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Wichita against the agency alleging she was fired and prevented from seeking work elsewhere because she was planning to report Medicaid fraud and other abuses to authorities. The employee, Gloria Canady, of El Dorado, worked for Flinthills from 1994 until March 2, 2012, when she was fired. Click here to view a copy of Canady’s complaint.

The chief allegation in Canady’s lawsuit is violation of the federal False Claims Act. This type of case is typically referred to as a whistleblower lawsuit. The False Claims Act allows individuals who believe they have faced retaliation for complaining about fraud against a federal program to sue the perpetrators on behalf of the U.S. government. One of the more well-known whistleblower cases in the recent past resulted in pharmaceutical giant Pfizer paying a $2.3 billion settlement. One of the attorneys representing Canady in her lawsuit, Robert K. Collins, of Topeka, took time off from law school to help his brother pursue a whistleblower case against Pfizer, according to this story in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Also named as defendants in the case — filed under seal (secretly) in 2014 but since made public — are the Community Developmental Disability Organization of Butler County, Inc. (CDDO), an intake agency for those seeking services that is technically separate from Flinthills but shares the same board of directors; Jonathan Henak, Flinthills’ former chief financial officer and interim director; and Sandstone Homes I, LLC, an Omaha, Neb.-based corporation that owns group housing facilities for Flinthills’ clients.

As of May 12, Sandstone was listed as “delinquent” with the Kansas Secretary of State for failing to file an annual report on April 15. Henak is still listed as registered agent at Flinthills’ office location, although his Linked-In profile indicates he left the agency in February 2015.

Although not named as defendants in the lawsuit, some of the biggest names in Butler County politics were or are involved with Flinthills and two have direct involvement in the case. They include:

  • State Rep. Will Carpenter, R-El Dorado. Prior to serving in the Kansas Legislature, Carpenter was a Butler County Commissioner from 2001 to 2009. In 2004, Carpenter sold a piece of property at 917 Oak Street, El Dorado, to Tres Amigos Development, LLC, a now-defunct corporation best known for the Constant Creek development on El Dorado’s west side. Tres Amigos sold the property to Sandstone in 2007 and a group home for Flinthills clients was built there in 2008. Defense attorney Mark A. Kanaga last November subpoenaed Carpenter’s sale-related records. Click here to view the subpoena.
  • Mary Martha Good, R-El Dorado, Carpenter’s 2016 primary election opponent. Good is a former Flinthills board member. Canady accuses Good of telling Neil Benson, of El Dorado, that Canady’s firing was related to some sort of criminal activity, but when Canady questioned Good, Good did not say what the activity was, only that Flinthills was not pursuing charges. Benson is the widow of longtime Butler County District Court Judge Page Benson. The Bensons were instrumental in starting Flinthills in the mid-1990s as part of their decades of advocacy for the developmentally disabled.
  • Sheriff Kelly Herzet, who has not been subpoenaed to testify or provide documents, but who serves as president of Flinthills’ board of directors. County commissioners, who approve all appointments, originally named Herzet to the board on January 3, 2012, about two months before Canady’s firing, to replace Carpenter’s wife, Ann. Ann Carpenter is Juvenile Justice Authority coordinator for the Thirteenth Judicial District, which includes Butler County.

Although this case could play a role in the 2016 Butler County election cycle, it likely won’t be decided anytime soon. Whistleblower lawsuits are notoriously complex, costly, and time-consuming and this one is no different. Trial in this case is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 8, 2017, before U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn H. Vratil in Wichita.

Early Concerns

In the complaint, Canady’s attorney writes that, although she witnessed many instances of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of clients during her employment, most of her concerns arose beginning in 2006. That was the year Canady discussed potential Medicaid fraud with co-worker Pat Hicks, who performed billing for Flinthills.

“Then-Director Dana Korkki had overheard the conversation between Hicks and (Canady) and, within six hours, discharged Hicks (forced to take early retirement) with a stipulation that she could only receive her severance and retirement if she no longer communicated with (Canady),” the complaint states. “Korkki had Hicks’ office emptied within 24 hours of that conversation, and Flinthills didn’t have a Medicaid biller for six months thereafter.”

Among the alleged Medicaid fraud Canady witnessed:

  • Ineligible individuals receiving Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) funds,
  • Flinthills continuing to bill Medicaid when clients left group homes to spend time with friends or family,
  • Assessment scores that inaccurately portrayed the severity of clients’ conditions so as to increase Medicaid and other public funding reimbursement, and
  • Failure to maintain required documentation of client assessments.

“In 2006, Flinthills Services, Inc. Board of Directors voted to separate the service side from the CDDO side of Flinthills Services in order to create an unbiased single-point of entry connecting individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities to the network of service providers in Butler County,” reads a statement from Flinthills’ website that is included in the complaint. Yet Canady claims she felt pressured to require less eligibility documentation from Flinthills than from other agencies while working for the CDDO and was chastised for requiring Flinthills caseworkers to take potential clients and their families on tours of competing service providers.

The 917 Oak Street Group Home

Flinthills Services opened a group home at 917 Oak Street, El Dorado, in 2008. In her complaint, Canady contends that the home, which has nine beds and at times has housed as many as 10 individuals, serves more clients than Medicaid regulations allow.

“Kansas’ Handbook for Home and Community Based Services, which governs the billing rules for all CDDOS and Service Providers for the Developmentally Disabled who contract with Medicaid in Kansas expressly states, ‘Residential Supports for adults are provided for individuals 18 years of age or older and must occur in a setting, without regard to siblings, where the person does not live with someone who meets the definition of family, and are provided by entities licensed by Community Supports and Services. HCBS MR/DD Residential Supports will NOT be offered in a setting nine beds or larger in size,'” according to the complaint.

Canady alleges she was met with resistance when she questioned the legality of billing Medicaid for services provided in a too-large group home. Korkki, who was Flinthills director during the home’s construction, said the rule didn’t apply because the building was a duplex, the complaint states, but the building permit was not for a duplex and the facility was not identified in county documents as a duplex. Canady raised the issue multiple times with Henak, who insisted the state had granted a waiver allowing nine beds but would never produce documentation to back up his assertion.

Marion County Deed 

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The complaint identifies several clients by initials to protect their privacy. One such client is D.S., one of three Canady was planning to mention in a report to authorities concerning “financial wrongdoing.”  D.S., according to the complaint, was at times housed at 917 Oak Street, including while floors in the house where he lived were being repaired.

Butler County Watchdog has identified the client through public records and other sources as Dwayne Suffield, who lives in Burns. These photographs obtained from the Flinthills website in 2012 show “several of those who helped to re-do Dewayne’s (sic) home in Burns gathered for a cookout provided by FSI.” Those photos of the house appear to match these pictures obtained from the Marion County website.

Jon and Tina Nelson sold the house where Suffield lives to Northview Developmental Services, Inc., of Newton in 1994. Northview sold the house to Flinthills via a quitclaim deed dated April 4, 2011. On April 26, 2011, Suffield signed a quitclaim deed gifting his property rights to Flinthills. Both deeds were recorded on April 29, 2011. Click here to view the deeds.

UPDATED: Click here for an explanation of why Suffield signed the quitclaim deed and the rights he gave up by doing so.

There is also the question of whether Suffield had sufficient mental capacity to sign the deed — did he understand what he was signing and the consequences of doing so?  These issues may be addressed further if the case makes it to trial. A quitclaim deed simply conveys whatever interest one has in property to another with no guarantee that any interest actually exists. Click here for a definition from The Law Dictionary.

Crashes, Shredding & Smears

In what would be her final days as a Flinthills employee, Canady alleges she experienced strange occurrences with her and her co-workers’ computers.

“One early morning shortly before (Canady’s) March 2, 2012 termination, while (Canady) and (Dale) Tower were in the CDDO office, (Canady) was startled to see each of their computers turn on by themselves, and then the cursor begin to move around on the screen,” the complaint states. “Tower explained to (Canady) that that was ‘just Jonathan [Defendant Henak],’ and that Henak often accessed the computers in the office from home.”

The day before CDDO Director Tower was fired on March 1, 2012, his, Canady’s, and Assistant CDDO Director Angela Fullerton’s computers all crashed, according to the complaint. Canady suspected Henak of accessing materials she was about to turn over to authorities and of deliberately crashing the computers. Fullerton was fired the same day as Canady.

Canady alleges that Henak shredded multiple documents Flinthills was required by law to keep, including some that were related to her allegations.

“And when (Canady) went in to the CDDO office, on or about March 6, 2012, for her allocated fifteen minutes to gather her personal belongings, the Flinthills shredding bins were inside the CDDO office at 226 South Main Street and Henak was throwing everything into the shredding bins right in front of (Canady),” the complaint alleges.

In its answer, Flinthills states that its clients operate shredders as part of the work they do; however, Canady’s complaint indicates the shredding she witnessed occurred at the CDDO office downtown, not at Flinthills’ main office at 505 S. Walnut Valley Road, El Dorado, where the shredding business is located. Click here to view the defendants’ answer in which they mostly deny outright or deny knowledge of Canady’s allegations.

After she was fired, Canady alleges that Henak and others connected with Flinthills made it difficult for her not only to find work in the social services arena but to find work at all by making false statements about her including allegations of theft. One report came from the quality assurance manager at Creative Community Living, another provider of services to the developmentally disabled.

“Della Moore informed (Canady) that, at the next board meeting after (Canady), Fullerton and Tower were terminated, Henak stated publicly that they had been stealing money,” the complaint alleges. “And the letter from Fullerton to the County Commissioners stated that Fullerton had learned that people in the community were being told falsely by Henak and others at Flinthills that (Canady), Fullerton and Tower lacked college degrees.”

State and federal law enforcement agencies have been made aware of the lawsuit. A source says he gave the FBI office in Wichita a copy of Canady’s complaint. He said agents told him they were referring the matter to the white collar crime unit. I also sent a letter to the FBI to make agents aware of the situation concerning the quitclaim deed discussed above and this later development described in another blog post. Law enforcement agencies typically do not confirm or deny the existence of a criminal investigation.

In addition to three times the amount of false Medicaid claims plus $11,000 for each false claim on the count of violating the False Claims Act), Canady is seeking in excess of the statutory minimum of $75,000 on each of five other counts. She is also seeking reinstatement to her job with pay and benefits and legal fees.