Whistleblower laws, such as the False Claims Act, have been one of the main tools used by the government to detect and prosecute fraud. Through the use of such laws, whistleblowers and their attorneys have helped the government recover billions of dollars year over year from fraudsters in the healthcare sector, government contracts, and stock fraud.
The federal False Claims Act is the primary tool used by the government to detect and prosecute fraud. The qui tam provision of the False Claims Act allows private citizens to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the federal government against companies that have defrauded the government and its programs. Whistleblower lawsuits brought under the federal False Claims Act are referred to as qui tam actions.
Although the main whistleblower law on the federal level is the False Claims Act, city and state governments also have similar laws which encourage individuals to come forward and report fraud to the government. Under most of these laws, the whistleblower is compensated with a percentage of the money the government recovers as a result of the information provided. This amount typically includes civil penalties assessed as a result of the prohibited conduct.
Many of the laws encouraging whistleblowers to provide information also provide whistleblower protection. These laws protect whistleblowers from retaliation from employers as a result of blowing the whistle internally or by filing a lawsuit under the False Claims Act.
Federal agencies may also have their own whistleblower programs apart from the False Claims Act. For example, the SEC and IRS have a whistleblower programs that differ in many respects to the process required under the False Claims Act. However, these programs also compensate whistleblowers for coming forward and providing information.
Some of the common categories of fraud pursued by whistleblowers and their whistleblower attorneys include:
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Ross M. Wolfe and the Weiser Law Firm litigates 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 to speak with a whistleblower attorney for more information about the whistleblower process, the federal False Claims Act or to schedule a meeting to confidentially discuss your potential case.