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WHISTLEBLOWERS: REPORT FRAUD AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT
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Whistleblower | Qui Tam Lawsuits

 



If you have knowledge or information about a company or person who you believe committed fraud against a federal, state, or local government or agency, you may be entitled to recover money as a whistleblower.

A team of class action and whistleblower lawyers is investigating claims being made by whistleblowers that federal, state and/or local governments (and in essence, federal, state, and/or local taxpayers) have been defrauded or cheated by companies and individuals.

The federal whistleblower statute, known as the False Claims Act, and many state and local whistleblower law statutes, allow persons who have knowledge about fraud committed against federal, state and/or local governments to file “qui tam” lawsuits on behalf of the government against the individuals and entities that defrauded the government. Federal law, for instance, allows the government to recover three (3) times the actual damages suffered as a result of the fraud (i.e., the money improperly obtained from the government), plus civil penalties and attorney fees.

The federal whistleblower statute compensates whistleblowers if their efforts are successful in helping the government recover fraudulently obtained government funds.

Whistleblowers with knowledge of fraud against the government who successfully bring whistleblower lawsuits are typically entitled to an award of 15–30% of any recovery, either through a settlement or a judgment. The amount varies, depending on whether the government intervened or joined in the qui tam case (and other factors).

In the last two decades, whistleblowers bringing successful qui tam lawsuits have received rewards of over $1.5 billion dollars as their share of government whistleblower lawsuit recoveries.

While virtually any type of fraud against the government might support a whistleblower case, a violation typically occurs when a person or entity deceives the government to (1) improperly obtain money from the government or (2) improperly be relieved from paying money to the government.

For example, the Federal False Claims Act prohibits, among other things, the following misconduct:

  • Knowingly presenting (or causing to be presented) to the Federal Government a false or fraudulent claim for payment;
  • Knowingly using (or causing to be used) a false record or statement to get a claim paid by the Federal Government;
  • Conspiring with another to get a false or fraudulent claim paid by the Federal Government; and
  • Knowingly using (or causing to be used) a false record or statement to conceal, avoid, or decrease an obligation to pay or transmit money or property to the Federal Government.
  • If you know about a company or person who has committed fraud against the federal or a state government or agency, you may be entitled to recover money as a whistleblower.

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