... According to Judge Enslen $1.6 million.
Yesterday Judge Richard Enslen of the U.S. District Court ordered former Metropolitan Health vice president Mary Scott to pay her ex-employer $1.6 million for lying to the court. You may recall that Scott had brought a false claim lawsuit against Metropolitan hospital. She alleged that it had filed false statements with the federal government to obtain fraudulent health care reimbursements from the taxpayers. The hospital settled the suit two years ago by agreeing to return $6.25 million of those reimbursements. Scott then received a bounty of $1.1 million from the federal government.
Now it was Scott's turn to be tagged as a fraud. She filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit in Enslen's court claiming that Metropolitan had fired her for blowing the whistle on the hospital's fraud. However, the court ruled that the basis of her lawsuit were false affidavits. Furthermore, she knowingly concealed evidence detrimental to her wrongful discharge claim. So Judge Enslen socked her with $1.6 million in sanctions payable to Metropolitan to cover its attorney fees in defense against her fraudulent lawsuit.
The Local Area Watch is pleased to see at least one judge in the Western Michigan district is willing to penalize fraudsters who pollute the judicial process with their lies.