Jim Alderson, a whistle blower who reported Medicare fraud by the health care giant Columbia/HCA, was profiled in an Associated Press story.
Alderson was the chief financial officer at a hospital in Montana when he learned about the fraud. The government recovered $1.7 billion in fines and penalties in suits against Columbia/HCA (now HCA) and a related company. Alderson received $20 million as his reward in one suit and split $100 million in the other.
The story appeared in the November 29, 2004 issue of the New York Times.