It should have been a triumphant moment.
Richard West, a 63-year-old Vietnam veteran who blew the whistle on the largest home health care fraud in history appeared on Capitol Hill in December to tell members of a Congressional subcommittee how he did it, and what they could learn.
“I’m just too stubborn and arrogant to give up,” West told the subcommittee. “But if you’re the average person in my position, you can’t fight.”
Rep. Todd Platts , R-Pennsylvania, chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Organization and Efficiency, hailed West as a true patriot both for his military service and his whistleblowing efforts.
“This isn’t just about money,” Platts said. “This case is about ensuring that we do right by every American citizen.”
As far as West is concerned, that task is not complete.
Six months after helping win a record $150 million settlement for the Justice Department , CNBC has learned West is in danger of losing his health care coverage, and could be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars that the state of New Jersey says he owes.Page 1 of 4 | Next Page