The United States government provides millions of dollars of government grant money to educational and research institutions each year through federal research grants. Unfortunately, some who receive these research awards engage in federal grant fraud. The federal research grant funds come with restrictions, however, dictating how the money can be used as well as imposing administrative and accounting obligations for the government grant money. Because grants for research are awarded by the federal government, false or fraudulent conduct used to obtain or administer the federal research grant funds may violate the civil False Claims Act. Whistleblower lawsuits under the civil False Claims Act have been one of the tools used in the fight against federal grant fraud.
In the past, institutions have engaged in federal grant scams which may be actionable under the civil False Claims Act including:
- False Statements or Data in Grant Application;
- Using federal research grant funds for improper purposes; and
- Failing to comply with the federal research grant’s administrative and accounting requirements.
The above are all forms of federal grant fraud. Please see our Federal Grant Whistleblower Blog for more information about Federal Grant whistleblower lawsuits. If you would like to speak with a whistleblower attorney, please contact Ross M. Wolfe for a confidential free consultation.
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Ross M. Wolfe and the Weiser Law Firm litigate whistleblower lawsuits on a contingent fee basis, so whistleblowers do not pay attorneys’ fees or court costs unless there is a recovery.
Please contact Ross M. Wolfe if you would like more information about the whistleblower process, federal grant fraud or to schedule a meeting to confidentially discuss your potential case.