Ohio Could Soon be Open for FCA Business
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has voiced his support for a state False Claims Act (FCA) in Ohio. The FCA legislation was introduced by Republican Senators Jim Hughes of Columbus and Scott Oelslager of North Canton. Like most state False Claims Act and the federal FCA, the Ohio FCA would allow whistleblowers to provide information about alleged fraud in state spending and potentially share in any amount recovered should the case be successfully prosecuted. In voicing his support, Attorney General DeWine stated “at a time when every penny counts, we must do all we can to recover as much as possible for the Ohio and our taxpayers.” The bill still must be passed in both chambers of the Ohio legislature and then be signed into law by the governor. Should the Ohio FCA successfully pass, the opportunities for FCA actions in the state could be endless.