The False Claims Act and similar state statutes provide significant financial rewards to whistleblowers who expose fraud against government agencies or programs.
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The Federal False Claims Act and similar state statutes provide significant financial rewards to whistleblowers who expose fraud against government agencies or programs. The False Claims Act also makes it illegal to retaliate against whistleblowers.
In a successful case, whistleblowers (called “relators”) are typically entitled to anywhere from 15 to 30 percent of the amount recovered by the government. This amount can be significant because a defendant found guilty of fraud must pay three times the government’s losses, additional penalties, and attorney’s fees for the case. For example, in a case involving false billing for work on helicopters, the federal government recovered $150 million and the whistleblower received $22.5 million.
Anyone who has information about fraud against the government is a potential whistleblower/relator. Qui tam relators include employees, patients, vendors, bookkeepers, medical care providers, accountants, auditors, independent contractors, analysts and service providers — if you are aware of fraud against the government at either the federal or state level, you may be able to start a False Claims Act case.
If you have knowledge of fraud against the government or tax or securities violations, we can advise you on what to do next. At Halunen Law, our lawyers represent people involved in federal and state qui tam/False Claims Act cases across the United States. Contact us for a free, confidential consultation.