The Whistleblower Protection Act, also known as the False Claims Act, gives ordinary citizens the chance to blow the whistle on companies or individuals who are financially defrauding the government.
Under the False Claims Act, whistleblowers whose qui tam lawsuits are successful may be entitled to a certain percentage of the monies recovered by the government.
If you know of a corporation, organization or individual who is defrauding the federal or state government out of money, a Davie whistleblower attorney can help you. It is important for a whistleblower to find an experienced lawyer to represent them. With more than 200 years of combined legal experience, Gordon & Doner has the resources and skills you need to file a qui tam lawsuit.
Types of Qui Tam Lawsuits
Each year, hundreds of qui tam lawsuits are filed by whistleblowers. The Department of Justice obtained more than $3.5 billion in settlements and judgments for the 2015 fiscal year. More than 600 qui tam lawsuits were filed during this time.
Some common types of False Claims Act cases include:
- Healthcare fraud: This includes fraudulent billing, duplicate claims, kickbacks, unnecessary services and more.
- Corporate fraud: If a company or organization overbills the government for goods or services, misrepresents what services were provided or files false reports, it may be considered fraud.
- Tax fraud: When a company or organization fails to report income, omits assets or property, takes unauthorized deductions and falsely files their taxes, it may be considered tax fraud. Although the False Claims Act generally covers corporations, individuals are often convicted of committing tax fraud as well.
- Housing and mortgage fraud: This type of fraud includes fraud for profit, which is often committed by mortgage brokers, appraisers and other professionals in the industry. It also includes fraud for housing, which are actions taken by a borrower in order to acquire or maintain ownership of a house.
According to the Justice Department, healthcare fraud has led to the largest amount of recoveries over the past few years. Of the recoveries made in 2015, more than half came from companies and individuals in the healthcare industry.
If you have knowledge of healthcare, corporate or tax fraud, contact a Davie whistleblower attorney. We can review your claim at no cost to you to determine if you have a right to file a lawsuit.
How Does the Process Work?
Upon reviewing your claim, our Davie whistleblower attorneys will file a qui tam lawsuit under seal, which means only the government will have access to the allegations. The lawsuit and supporting documents are then provided to the government. After the government reviews the allegations, it will choose whether to join the case. Although a large number of qui tam lawsuits are pursued by the whistleblower alone, if the government joins, the chances for success are higher.
A qui tam lawsuit is sealed for at least 60 days. After the seal is lifted, a settlement with the individual or entity accused of fraud may be agreed upon. A large number of these claims are settled out of court.
Whether through a settlement or verdict, a successful outcome means the whistleblower will receive a percentage of the funds recovered. If the government is involved in the case, the whistleblower may be entitled to upwards of 25 percent of the recovery. If the government does not get involved in the case, the whistleblower may receive up to 30 percent of the funds recovered.
If you have a question about how the process works, contact a Davie whistleblower attorney. We can answer your questions and help you determine your legal options.
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Requirements for Whistleblowers
In order to file a qui tam lawsuit, there are certain requirements that must be adhered to by the whistleblower and their attorney.
- Lawsuit must be filed by the whistleblower and not a third party
- Lawsuit must be filed under seal
- A copy of the complaint must be provided to the U.S. government
- All information must be kept confidential until the seal is listed.
- A claim must be filed within six years from the date of the fraud and no later than three years after the government knows or should have known about the violations.
Timing is of the essence when it comes to filing a qui tam lawsuit, if you have information on illegal activities against the government, contact our skilled Davie whistleblower attorneys today.
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We understand that it can be difficult to blow the whistle on a company you work for, previously worked with, or individuals you personally know. We have the knowledge and resources needed to handle your qui tam lawsuit effectively so that your legal rights are protected.
The Davie whistleblower attorneys at Gordon & Doner have a reputation for handling complex litigation and have decades of combined legal experience. After your free consultation, and if we determine you have a viable case, we will begin working on your qui tam lawsuit right away.
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