President Abraham Lincoln enacted the False Claims Act during the Civil War when bullets were filled with sawdust instead of gunpowder, the government received sand instead of sugar, and horses arrived decrepit or blind. Regrettably, fraud against the Government is still a pervasive problem and extends widely across industries. Employees, including managers and executives, are often in a position to identify situations where an entity is defrauding the Government. Understanding the ins and outs of the False Claims Act and its qui tam and retaliation provisions may provide those who observe fraud against the government a way to stop the conduct.
Halunen Law is pleased to announce Nathaniel Smith was recently accepted to the Colorado Bar, further expanding the Firm’s national False Claims Act practice into the Rocky Mountain region. Halunen Law brings its expertise to assist clients in the State of Colorado, and across the country, who have identified fraud against the government.
The Star Tribune published an article today about how a mental health agency, Complementary Support Services, that was supposed to provide quality services to a vulnerable population, instead is reported to have engaged in rampant fraud that “bilked the state’s Medicaid program of millions of dollars and provided inadequate supervision of unlicensed practitioners.” That private agency is now the subject of a federal and state False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit that resulted from a report to the government by a former employee.
The False Claims Act is designed to encourage citizens to challenge conduct that cheats private agency clients and wrongfully takes taxpayers money to do so. It also provides whistleblower protection to employees who are treated badly or fired because they challenge, report or refuse to engage in illegal conduct. The goal of the law is to stop fraud in its tracks by encouraging oversight by employees, recipients of services and the public.
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