Whistleblower Qui Tam Attorneys in Agoura Hills & Westlake Village
Do You Need to Report Acts of Fraud against the Government?
Have you witnessed someone in your workplace committing fraud or other illegal activity, and have evidence to prove it? If so, you may want to consider filing a whistleblower lawsuit, also known as a qui tam lawsuit.
“Qui tam” is an abbreviation of a Latin phrase meaning that people who sue in the interest of the government also sue in their own interests. In other words, when citizens fight fraud against the government, they fight against someone fraudulently taking away their tax dollars.
Qui tam whistleblowers are often employees, former employees, and other individuals with access to company documents and internal information that proves an organization is defrauding the government out of money. This can include Medicare and Medicaid fraud, health insurance billing fraud, defense contractor fraud, physician/hospital kickbacks, and many other types of financial fraud against the government.
If you feel you need to initiate legal action against someone or a company engaging in fraud against the U.S. government, reach out to a whistleblower qui tam attorney in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village at Bradley/Grombacher LLP for help. In many cases, a whistleblower who initiates legal action may receive compensation as a reward for helping the government fight against fraud.
Is There a Time Limit to File a Qui Tam Lawsuit?
Qui tam cases are subject to a statute of limitations and must be filed within six years of the violation, or within three years after the government should have known about the violation, whichever is later. Under no circumstances may a qui tam lawsuit be brought more than 10 years after the date of a violation.
However, there are many complex rules involving qui tam statute of limitations, including “first-to-file” rules, public disclosure bans, and limitations on pursuing retaliation claims. It would be wise to speak with a whistleblower attorney as soon as possible to see if your claims meet the qui tam statute of limitations.
What Types of Fraud Can Be Reported?
There are many types of fraud that can lead to a whistleblower lawsuit, including but not limited to:
- Mortgage Loan Underwriting Fraud
- Medicare Fraud
- Medicaid Fraud
- Health Insurance Fraud
- Government Contractor Fraud
- Flawed Pharmaceutical Products
- Physician/Hospital Kickbacks
- Foreign Bribery
- Misuse of Small Business Designation
- Misuse of Woman-Owned Business Designation
- Misuse of Minority-Owned Business Designation
- Misuse of Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Designation
- Bank Fraud
- Tax Fraud
- Other Misconduct
Qui tam provisions provide several incentives to whistleblowers, including monetary payment if the case is successful. A successful qui tam case is one in which the government recovers money from the defendant.
If the government intervenes in a qui tam lawsuit, the whistleblower is entitled to receive between 15 percent and 25 percent of the amount recovered by the government through the lawsuit. If the government declines to intervene, the whistleblower’s share is increased to 25 percent to 30 percent.
Under certain circumstances, the whistleblower’s share may be reduced to no more than 10 percent unless they were involved in planning or initiating the fraud. In that case, the court may reduce the whistleblower award within limitation.
How Do I File a Whistleblower Lawsuit?
If you’re wondering whether or not you should file a whistleblower lawsuit, chances are that you’ve witnessed fraud, corruption or other illegal activity in your workplace. Contact the whistleblower qui tam attorneys in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village at Bradley/Grombacher LLP to learn about your options. You may be eligible to file a qui tam lawsuit.
If a qui tam lawsuit is successful, the whistleblower also is entitled to legal fees and other expenses.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a person does not violate the False Claims Act by simply submitting a false claim for payment to the government.
Under the law, knowledge of false information is defined as being:
- Actual knowledge
- Deliberate ignorance of the truth or falsity of the information
- Reckless disregard of the truth or falsity of the information
In order to violate the FCA, a person must have knowingly submitted (or caused to be submitted) the false claim, or made a false statement or record to conceal, avoid, or decrease an obligation to pay money or transmit property to the federal government.
Becoming a whistleblower takes courage and integrity, and it is not an easy decision to make. Deciding to do so can prevent bad actors from continuing to inappropriately siphon funds away from important government programs that help other people.
As an incentive to whistleblowers, the government has a track record of providing monetary compensation as rewards for reporting fraud and misuse of government funds. Since 1987, the federal government has recovered $39 billion from successful qui tam whistleblower cases. In addition, the federal government has paid more than $4.2 billion in qui tam awards to whistleblowers.
Once a person decides to blow the whistle, that person needs to find a whistleblower attorney to represent him/her. A skilled whistleblower lawyer can be the key factor in whether or not the qui tam lawsuit is successful, and whether or not the whistleblower receives a reward and the amount of the reward.
At Bradley/Grombacher LLP, our whistleblower qui tam attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience that can help you pursue legal action should you have a valid claim that someone is defrauding the government.