Lawsuit: Planned Parenthood defrauded taxpayers in Wash. state

Planned Parenthood submitted “repeated false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible claims for reimbursement” to the state of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services, according to a federal lawsuit made public Tuesday. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed the lawsuit in July 2011 on behalf of Jonathan Bloedow, a Washington resident who discovered the alleged frauds through state open records requests.

Jonathan Bloedow

“Americans deserve to know, especially in economic times like these, if their hard-earned tax money is being funneled to groups that are misusing it,” said Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton, a former U.S. Attorney. “Compliance with the law should not be sacrificed for the sake of Planned Parenthood’s bottom line. They have cheated the American taxpayer for too long. It’s time the abortion giant is held accountable.”

Federal law allows “whistleblowers” with inside information to expose fraudulent billing by government contractors. By law, such cases must initially be filed under seal and may not be made public while federal authorities decide whether to join the case.

Bloedow has sued under the federal False Claims Act. The suit alleges that Planned Parenthood submitted false claims to Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services and its Health and Recovery Services Administration. HRSA runs the state’s Title XIX Medicaid program.

The lawsuit alleges that Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest filed at least 25,000 false claims with HRSA for reimbursements in excess of the amount allowed for oral contraceptive pills and at least another 25,000 for reimbursements in excess of the amount allowed for “emergency contraceptive” (“Plan B”) pills under the federal government’s 340B drug reimbursement program. Total damages could be as much as $377,134,130.

The allegations of Bloedow’s complaint are consistent with a 2011 Government Accountability Office report that concluded that HRSA monitoring of the 340B program was inadequate and recommended that “HRSA take steps to strengthen oversight regarding program participation and compliance with program requirements.”

Alliance Defending Freedom has filed two prior False Claims Act lawsuits, Johnson v. Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas and Thayer v. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. Bloedow v. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Allied Attorney Todd Nelson with Nelson Law Group in Seattle is co-counsel and is one of nearly 2,200 allied attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom.

In 2012, Alliance Defending Freedom publicly released its report to Congress that identified nearly $100 million in waste, abuse, and potential fraud committed by Planned Parenthood affiliates and other providers. Seventy-two Members of Congress, led by Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee and Rep. Pete Olson of Texas, continue to press for the investigation of how Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest purveyor of abortions, has spent more than $2.3 billion of federal taxpayer dollars over the last few years.

According to a 2008, 990 filed by Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest:

Dr. Marianne Twyman made a salary of $111,351 plus $5310 in benefits only working 12 hours at Planned Parenthood

According to a 2009 990 from Planned Parenthood of Great Northwest

Christine Charbonneau President/CEO, took home $259,405 plus $10,888 in benefits totaling $270,293

Michael Romo COO, took home $217,071 plus $11,715 in benefits totality $228,786

Mary Grinnell CFO, took in $171,202 plus $11,060 in benefits plus $182,282

Lucile K Arendt VO External Affairs, walked away with $155,410 plus 10,718 in benefits totaling $166,128

Stephen McCallister VP info Technology, took home $147,010 plus $10,656 in benefits totaling $157,666

Robert Campbell McIntyre , Medical Director, took home $254,099 plus $11,763 in benefits totaling $265,862 ( Licensed in Washington State)

Anna Kaminski
, Assoc Medical Director, took in $145,453 plus $9661 in benefits totaling $155,114 ( also LICENSED IN Arkansas and Washington State )

Carole Williams VP Human Resources took home $136,568 plus $9577 in benefits

Carole Miller VP of Education Training took home $120,418 plus $10,272 in benefits

Victoria Fletcher, Director Clinical Services, took home $110,467 plus $2306 in benefits

In Arizona, Open Works was paid $154,770 for Janitorial Services to Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest in 2009.

Planned Parenthood received $349.6 million in tax dollars in the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2008, and $363.2 MILLION Dollars on Government Grants ( Tax Dollars) in 2009– that is ONE MILLION DOLLARS PER DAY of taxpayer money !!!

Cecile Richards; Planned Parenthood President

Planned Parenthood then took those hard earned dollars away from poor and middle class hard working people and it paid its president, Cecile Richards, $385,163, plus another $11,876 in benefits and deferred compensation. ( View 2008 990 here )

The $385,163 in pay Planned Parenthood President Richards received in the organization’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2008 was recorded in the group’s publicly available Internal Revenue Service Form 990 filed for that year.

Richards also received $346,285 in total compensation from Planned Parenthood and $38,476 in total compensation from related groups in the organization’s fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2009, according to the organization’s Form 990 for that year. In a 2010 PPFA 990, Cecile Richards reported earning $319,245 from PPFA and $35,471 from related PP organizations

What you may not know is how much money , in a time of economic depression, Cecile Richards and her crew at Planned Parenthood are making, paid for by hard working American Tax Payers like me and you. GO HERE

One Response to “Lawsuit: Planned Parenthood defrauded taxpayers in Wash. state”

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