Cook County Escapes FCA Suit Over Grant Funds, For Now

Law360 (November 24, 2020, 8:22 PM EST) -- An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday dismissed Cook County from a False Claims Act suit brought by the government on behalf of a former public health employee alleging the county defrauded the U.S. of millions in federal grant funds, saying she hasn't offered necessary details about the scheme.

Noreen Lanahan, who worked as a director of financial control for the county's Department of Public Health — a position in which she says she supervised Cook County's grant fund accounting — resorts to "sweeping statements" in alleging a broad scheme by the county to defraud the government, but tellingly hasn't referred the...

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