A whistleblower is an employee who discloses information about a company, usually an employer that has evidence of illegality, gross waste or fraud, mismanagement, abuse of power, general wrongdoing, or a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety.
Whistleblower Case/False Claims Act
Whistleblower claims also known as Qui Tam lawsuits help disclose cases of fraud against the government and reap large rewards for their efforts if successful. The False Claims Act (FCA) rewards whistleblowers whose Qui Tam lawsuits recover government funds and provides job protection to whistleblowers. Qui Tam lawsuits are a type of civil lawsuit whistleblowers bring under the False Claims Act, a law that rewards whistleblowers if the Qui Tam case recovers funds for the government. Whistleblowers help the government stop many kinds of fraud including Medicare and Medicaid fraud that impact that government financially. Whistleblowers have protection against retaliation from their employer. The employee cannot be treated any differently that how they were treated before blowing the whistle.
Under the False Claims Act, a private citizen may sue an individual or business that is defrauding the government and recover funds on the governments behalf. If the government decides to investigate the allegations with the assistance of the whistleblowers attorney, and the wrongdoer is found liable, the wrongdoer may have to pay as much as three times the government’s losses plus penalties for each false claim.
The amount of the whistleblower’s reward can be 15% to 30% of the settlement or verdict depending if the government intervenes.
Loucas Law has experience handling Whistleblower/Qui Tam cases.
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