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Senator Chuck Grassley Discusses the Importance of the False Claims Act Amendments

On October 21, 2021, Senator Chuck Grassley discussed the importance of the False Claims Act during the Executive Business Meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee. During his discussion, Senator Grassley exposed the fraud lobby’s efforts to undermine bipartisan, common-sense amendments to the #FalseClaimsAct, the government’s primary tool to fight fraud. Under the FCA more than …

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DOJ Highlights Importance of Whistleblowers and False Claims Act to Deter Cyber Fraud

In 1865, it was whistleblowers who were critical in reporting fraud by those who provided the U.S. War Department with rusty rifles, boats that leaked, and hats that melted in the rain. Today, whistleblowers are now critical to protecting the United States in the digital space. No longer on the battlefield of the Civil War, …

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Reflection on National Whistleblower Day 2021

Why do we honor whistleblowers today? We honor whistleblowers because we rely on them to expose corporate wrongdoing. Whether insider employees, consumers or patients – whistleblowers see illegal conduct and do something about it. We honor whistleblowers because they model integrity and courage. Whistleblowers take a stand knowing that blowing the whistle is risky business …

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Can the False Claims Act Protect Former Employees?

A recent decision out the 6th Circuit reinforces that former employees are protected from retaliation under the False Claims Act – even when the retaliatory conduct happens after they are fired or leave the company. In the lawsuit, an employee alleged he was “marginalized” for insisting on compliance with the law during his employment and …

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False Claims Act Focus for 2021

Knowing the kinds of fraud the federal government is focused on fighting is an important warning to health care providers, contractors, grantees, and others doing business with the government. But this information is also a source of encouragement for those who blow the whistle when such business dealings turn into fraud. Acting Assistant Attorney General …

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New Treasury Secretary applauds role of IRS whistleblowers

Newly confirmed Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen told the Senate Finance Committee that she was committed to respecting and protecting whistleblowers as “an important asset to the integrity of the agency and tax system more generally.” Read her written response to a question about the role of whistleblowers and a recent downturn in IRS whistleblower …

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Stats Show Whistleblowers Are Key Partners in the Fight Against the Many Faces of Fraud

The Department of Justice’s 2020 data is here, and it paints another compelling picture of the value brought by whistleblowers who file cases under the False Claims Act (FCA). In 2020, claims filed by whistleblowers were responsible for about 75% of new cases filed and about 75% of government fraud proceeds. And rewards made to …

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What Should You Know Before Becoming a Whistleblower?

Here are some things you should know before stepping forward as a whistleblower. 1. Whistleblowing can be a challenging and lengthy process Whistleblower cases often take years, and the consequences of blowing the whistle can upend your life and that of your family. Your integrity can be attacked, your reputation can be smeared, your livelihood …

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What Can You Do to Strengthen Your False Claims Act Case?

If you suspect that your employer or some other entity is committing fraud against the government, here are some things you can do to increase your chances of bringing a successful False Claims Act case. 1. Act quickly Quick action serves the important purpose of stopping the fraud and the harm it is causing. In …

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What are the Goals and Rewards of Whistleblower Programs?

The news in recent years has had many stories about “whistleblowers”—what they reported, what caused them to blow the whistle, and what happened as a result. Perhaps you have seen some sort of misconduct on the part of an employer, a corporation, a competitor, or a health provider. And you wonder “Am I a whistleblower?” …

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