Whistleblower & False Claims Act FAQs

What is the False Claims Act?

The False Claims Act is a whistleblower statute. It allows ordinary citizens to file a lawsuit on behalf of the United States against companies and individuals who steal taxpayer money by committing fraud against the government. When the government is successful in recovering fraudulently obtained money, the whistleblower is entitled to 15% – 30% of those funds. That’s $150,000 – $300,000 if the government recovers $1,000,000!

Is this the same as a “qui tam” case?

Yes, many people call these “qui tam” cases because they allow an individual to challenge fraud by standing in the shoes of the government. “Qui tam” (pronounced “kwee tam” or “key tam”) comes from a Latin phrase used in England for a person “who brings the action for the king as well as himself.”

What kinds of fraud are covered?

A potential False Claims Act case occurs anytime a company or individual engages in fraudulent conduct that causes the government to pay money it would not otherwise pay.

Covered fraud can include:

  • Medicare, Medicaid, pharmaceutical, and other healthcare fraud
  • Defense contractor fraud
  • Abuse of government contracts/procurement/Small Business processes
  • Illegal kickbacks
  • Misuse of government grants and funds
  • Billing the government for items or services not received
Who can bring a qui tam lawsuit?

Most anyone who knows about fraud against the government can bring a case. This includes employees (current and former), independent contractors, competitors, clients, and patients. However, it is essential to work with an experienced False Claims Act lawyer who knows how to prepare the case for the government.

How do I know if I have a case?

If you are aware of fraud against the government, Halunen Law is ready to help you figure out whether you have a case under the False Claims Act or other whistleblower statues. If you have experienced retaliation for reporting fraud, we can make a claim for that as well. We are experienced False Claims Act attorneys and represent whistleblowers on a contingency basis.

What are common types of False Claims Act cases?

Defrauding the government takes many forms and includes:

– Health care fraud impacting Medicare and Medicaid.

– Procurement fraud that impacts all agencies.

– Kickbacks to influence purchase decisions.

– Fraud in Defense contracts.

– Fraud in applying for any type of government grant or support programs.

– Violations of environmental laws.

– Fraud involving payments by any of the myriad of government agencies.

Do I have a False Claims Act case?

You may have a False Claims Act case if you have knowledge that a company or person has cheated the government. This conduct generally includes:

– Causing the government to pay money it wouldn’t otherwise pay.

– Failing to pay money owed to the government.

– Paying kickbacks or bribes to get people or entities to buy products paid for by the government.

– Making false statements that cause other entities or individuals to get money they should not get.

– Conspiring with others to cheat the government.

– Lying on applications for contracts, grants or other money from the government

– Keeping property of any sort that should be returned to the government.

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