WILLIAMSON – A Dingess woman is suing Longa-Mingo Area Mental Health Inc. after she claims her employment was wrongfully terminated when she refused to falsify documents.

Karah Sheppard began working as a case manager for the defendant on Aug. 1, 2016, according to a complaint filed April 5 in Mingo Circuit Court.

Sheppard claims her employment was terminated on Nov. 8, 2016, with no explanation given as to why she was being let go.

During the duration of her employment, Sheppard was asked on numerous occasions to falsify plans in order to inappropriately receive Medicaid payments and she refused to do so, according to the suit.

Sheppard claims she reported the ill treatment and consequent stress to her immediate supervisor and informed him that the reasons behind the hostility she was receiving was due to her refusal to falsify documents.

The defendant then terminated her employment for refusing to falsify the records, according to the suit.

Sheppard claims the defendant wrongfully discharged her and violated public policy.

Sheppard is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre-judgment interest. She is being represented by Richard W. Walters of Shaffer & Shaffer.

Mingo Circuit Court case number: 17-C-65

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