There have been concerning reports in the last couple of weeks from providers and their employees who have interacted with criminal investigators from the State of Oregon, Department of Human Services. Specifically, we have been told that providers are being told that the state has solid proof that they have committed fraud, are told that they could face jail time or other serious sanctions, and are then pressured to sign written statements and forms waiving their rights to a hearing in which the state would have the obligation to prove its allegations.
Please, please, please – DO NOT sign any statements, documents, or waivers unless you have at least 24 hours to review the documents and consult with the union or other trusted people in your life. SIGNING THE DOCUMENTS CAN HAVE SEVERE, IRREPARABLE LEGAL CONSEQUENCES. There is absolutely no reason that you should ever need to sign a document, statement, or waiver within minutes or hours of receiving it.
Please share this message with your employees, children, spouses, and other significant people in your life.
Please also let the union know if you are contacted by one of the DHS criminal investigators, including Sonnie Shaw. We are interested in hearing about your experiences.
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