Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Aug. 31, 2012, 2:25pm

TYLER - The chief executive officer of a Tyler non-profit organization has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit that claims he lost his position after he contacted the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services about a board member’s alleged misuse of the group's funds.

David Young filed suit against Community Health Clinics of Northeast Texas, doing business as Total Healthcare Center, on Aug. 21 in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.

Young began his employment with THC on Dec. 28, 2009. According to the lawsuit, he filed a complaint against the chairman of the Board of Directors of THS, Bennie Webster, in December 2010.

According to the suit, Young accuses the chairman of using THC funds to make unauthorized purchases, pay a family member and as a double reimbursement for travel. Webster is also accused of circumventing normal accountability procedures, securing large capital items without utilizing proper bidding procedures and directing THC funds to be spent by circumventing the CEO and chief financial officer, the suit states.

The suit states that in August 2010, Young was allegedly terminated from his employment with THC in retaliation for making the reports of inappropriate behavior to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

The defendant is accused of wrongfully terminating Young because of his disclosure of improprieties.

The plaintiff is asking for reinstatement to the position of CEO of Total Healthcare Center, for back pay, compensatory damages, lost employment benefits, court costs, attorney’s fees and interest.

Young is represented by Rosemary Sage Jones and Grant T. Gaston of Ramey & Flock P.C. in Tyler. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider is assigned to the case.

Case No. 6:12-cv-00555

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