October 5, 2016

False Claims Act

Overview

The False Claims Act, 31 U.S. Code § 3729-3733 , is a tool for private citizens to stop fraud and abuse and assist the federal government recover ill gotten gains from corporations who defraud the taxpayer.  Our clients collect substantial rewards for blowing the whistle.

Common frauds, schemes, and abuses perpetrated against the federal government stopped by whistleblowers are Medicaid & Medicare Fraud, Nursing Home Fraud, Medical Device Fraud, Violation of Anti-Kickback Statute, Tax Credit Fraud, Military Contractor Fraud and Government Contractor Fraud.

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How to become a Whistleblower

If you suspect a corporation, nonprofit, or municipality is defrauding the federal government, and you have non-public information regarding this alleged fraud, then you may become a whistleblower. To collect a whistleblower reward you must collect relevant information and documentation and meet with us to determine whether there is a basis for a lawsuit.

If a whistleblower is fired or has an adverse action taken against them, then they have a retaliation claim against the employer. The more detailed and organized a whistleblower is in presenting their information to us, the faster a qui tam action can be filed, which is important because only the first whistleblower to file may collect a reward.

Qui Tam Action

If we accept your case, then we initiate a qui tam action on your behalf on a contingency fee basis.  (1)  You gather the information and we help you disclose it to the government; (2) we will file a complaint under seal with the Federal Court that has jurisdiction; (3) the government will decide whether to take the case; (4) if the government decides not to take the case, then you may continue to prosecute it on your own with our assistance.

Once the complaint is filed and under seal it’s existence or its allegations may not be disclosed to the public otherwise the case may get dismissed. It may take a year or two for the government to decide whether to take the case.  If the government takes the case the chances of recovery are high.