Who is Hunter Donaldson and MultiCare?
Hunter Donaldson is a company based out of California. Health care providers, such as MultiCare, hire Hunter Donaldson to file and collect on medical services liens.
MultiCare is a Washington company that owns and operates hospitals, medical clinics, and other facilities providing health care in Pierce County, Kitsap County, Thurston County, and southern King County. MultiCare provides health care services at 93 locations throughout the South Puget Sound area. It operates five hospitals in the South Sound region, including: Tacoma General Hospital, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital (Tacoma), Allenmore Hospital (Tacoma), Auburn Medical Center, and Good Samaritan Hospital (Puyallup).
Why do I owe MultiCare money?
Hunter Donaldson, on behalf of MultiCare, has filed what is known as a “medical services lien” on money you have recovered from the person responsible for your injuries.
What is a lien?
A “lien” is a legal claim that a person or company has on the property of another person.
Simply put, you were injured in an incident involving another person, you received treatment from MultiCare for your injuries, you received payment from the other person or their insurance company as result of your injuries, and Hunter Donaldson filed a legal document (a medical services lien) claiming that MultiCare is entitled to part of that money as payment for your treatment.
What is a fraudulent lien?
Washington law creates certain requirements for filing medical services liens. One requirement is that the liens must be notarized. With many medical services liens, Hunter Donaldson used Rebecca Rohlke, a Hunter Donaldson employee, as its notary.
Rohlke notarized the liens under a Washington State notary license. However, Washington law requires a Washington notary to live in Washington, Idaho, or Oregon. When a person applies to be a Washington State notary, they must provide their address as proof that they live in one of those three states. In her notary application, Rohlke provided a Gig Harbor, Washington address. We have reason to believe, however, that Rohlke is and has always been a California resident.
Rohlke was not alone in her fraud, however. Washington law also requires three people who live in Washington to endorse a person’s notary application. Jason Adams, who was at the time MultiCare’s Vice President of Revenue Cycles, endorsed Rohlke on her application and provided his address. However, the address Adams listed was actually for a personal mail box located at a mailing service, such as The UPS Store or Mailboxes Etc. In turn, the address Rohlke provided as her Washington address was actually the home address of Adams.
If it walks like a duck, it quacks like a duck—Adams and Rohlke worked together to provide Rohlke with a Washington address, allowing her to fraudulently obtain a Washington notary license. Rohlke then used her fraudulent notary license to notarize thousands of liens filed in Washington, many of them unsurprisingly on behalf of MultiCare, Adams’s employer. Simply put, Rohlke has never been a valid Washington State notary public, and any liens notarized by her are invalidated by her and Adams’s fraud.
Additionally, Rohlke’s notarizations say that they were made in Pierce County, Washington. Again, our investigations give us reason to believe that each of Rohlke’s notarizations were, in fact, made in California. These further fraudulent statements by Rohlke invalidate medical services liens notarized by her and filed by Hunter Donaldson.
Finally, Washington law also requires medical services liens to be “subscribed by the claimant.” Washington law lists those allowed to claim a medical services lien: “every operator . . . of an ambulance service or of a hospital, and every duly licensed nurse, practicioner, physician, and surgeon rendering service, or transportation and care.” Many of the liens filed by Hunter Donaldson were signed (“subscribed”) on behalf of MultiCare by Ralph Wadsworth. Wadsworth, however, is Hunter Donaldson’s owner, not an employee of MultiCare, the allowed “claimant” under the statute.
Can Multi Care collect on a lien against me?
Simply put, was the medical services lien against your money notarized by Rebecca Rohlke? Did Rohlke notarize your lien as an alleged Washington State notary? Was the medical services lien signed by Ralph Wadsworth? If so, the lien is invalid, and you should not pay it. We have a database of liens filed by Hunter Donaldson with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office. Please contact us if you or your attorney need emailed copies of liens filed against you.
In the meantime, trust that Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala is working around the clock to obtain court orders stopping Hunter Donaldson from continuing its attempts to collect on these fraudulent and invalid liens and ultimately getting these liens removed from your money. That’s where we need your help. If Hunter Donaldson has made efforts to collect on such a lien against you, please contact us and tell us about your circumstances.
Do I really owe Multi Care money for this lien?
How do I become part of the class action lawsuit against Multi Care?
You are automatically part of the class action suit if the court approves it. In the meantime, we'd like to speak with you and get all the specifics around the lien and its circumstances. This will help us track the specific sub-class of your lawsuit, and notify you all of court decisions.