False Claims (Qui Tam)
Where the wrongdoing involves conduct that cheats the U.S. Government or causes the wrongful expenditure of U.S Government funds, a whistleblower may be entitled to bring suit under the Federal False Claims Act.
A false claims statute allows the whistleblower to bring the suit in the name of the government, even where the whistleblower is not personally damaged. Where the suit is successful, the whistleblower is entitled to a bounty, which can range from between fifteen and thirty percent of what is ultimately recovered for the Government.
If the whistleblower is retaliated against for his or her complaints, investigating or other efforts to disclose the wrongdoing, false claims statutes also allow for the whistleblower to bring a lawsuit against the person or entity that engaged in the retaliatory action.
Examples of False Claims include, but are not limited to:
- Medicare Fraud
- Medicaid Fraud
- IRS Fraud
- Securities Fraud
If you believe you have knowledge related to individuals or employers cheating the federal government, contact us today.