A former Medicaid fraud investigator has won his federal whistleblower suit against his former employer, the Florida Attorney General’s office.
According to court records, Ballenger Charles repeatedly told federal authorities the AG’s office was not investigating Medicaid providers only recipients.
Charles claimed he was fired as a result and a jury agreed.
That jury awarded him nearly $400,000.
The award was divided into two parts.
In the first one, the jury awarded Charles $267,500 in lost wages.
The second part was part of a finding against Medicaid Fraud Director David Lewis as an individual for violating Charles’ first amendment rights.
That mental and emotional anguish award was $130,000.
The case then went to a final mediation.
Final terms haven’t been publicly disclosed.
A spokesman for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi noted Charles employment and complaint pre-dated the current administration and said it would not be appropriate to comment.