Corporations have an obligation to follow the law and truthfully fulfill contracts with the government. If you have evidence or information about a corporation’s efforts to defraud the government, do not be afraid to report their actions.
The False Claims Act makes it possible for individuals to report a corporation’s fraudulent activities without fear of retribution. It also provides an incentive for individuals to step forward and file a qui tam claim by providing compensation for the person filing a suit on behalf of the government.
Our West Palm Beach corporate fraud attorneys are committed to helping whistleblowers bring successful lawsuits against companies that are guilty of corporate fraud. We will evaluate you claim through a free and confidential consultation and will ensure your rights are protected throughout the process.
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Types of Corporate Fraud
Fraud can, and does, occur in just about every business sector. Those who have information about potential fraud or a corporation that is cheating the government are encouraged to report the information and bring a lawsuit under the False Claims Act.
Some of the types of corporate fraud cases our attorneys have handled include:
This can include overbilling the government for goods or services, or misrepresenting what services were provided. One of the most well-known cases of overbilling played out in the public eye when it was discovered the
Department of Defense was paying $600 for toilet seats and $435 for hammers.
It is just as much a violation if the government mistakenly overpays for goods or services and the overpayment is not reported by the business that received the payment.
Overbilling can also occur when a company supplies a government agency with items that are known to be defective, substandard or do not meet the terms of a contract. This is known as procurement fraud.
Overbilling is not restricted to the sale of goods, however. It has also occurred on a large scale in the reporting of hours billed on consulting contracts and construction or research projects.
Providing False Information
Corporate fraud can also mean obtaining or retaining a government contract by supplying false information about a business, bribing public officials or providing kickbacks.
A business may defraud the government by filing false reports about aspects of the business that are regulated by the government.
Examples in which supplying false information can result in a fraud case include:
- Falsifying records in a government regulated industry, such as mining, natural gas and oil extraction, or in agricultural industries supported by government programs.
- Falsifying records to show that all requirements of a project have been completed or met, such as a construction project that calls for the use of specific materials, or minimum amounts of those materials.
- Falsely certifying that the bidder on a government contract meets certain criteria, such as being a minority-owned or veteran-owned business, or having the experience, expertise and resources to fulfill a contract.
- Misrepresenting the value of imported goods or their country of origin to avoid paying all or part of a tariff.
A separate federal law covers businesses or individuals that commit tax fraud.
If you are aware of a business or employees within a business that are defrauding the government, the West Palm Beach corporate fraud attorneys at Gordon & Doner can evaluate the strength of your case for free.
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Why Hire a Corporate Fraud Attorney?
Reporting corporate fraud can be intimidating. Many individuals fear the business or corporation may retaliate against them and punish them for coming forward. Fortunately, there are a number of provisions within the False Claims Act meant to protect a whistleblower.
Every consultation with our West Palm Beach corporate fraud attorneys is completely confidential, and every qui tam claim is filed under seal, which means no one except those directly investigating a claim will know any details about the case.
Our West Palm Beach whistleblower attorneys are familiar with the details and processes required for filing a qui tam lawsuit and will serve as your advocate and guide every step of the way. We will help investigate your claim and then build a robust and compelling case against any corporation, large or small, that has defrauded the government.
We will also work to ensure you receive the full compensation you are entitled to from the government for bringing a case forward, and that you do not face any form of retaliation as a whistleblower.
To learn more about how we can help with the circumstances of your case, contact our West Palm Beach corporate fraud attorneys to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
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The West Palm Beach corporate fraud attorneys at Gordon & Doner are well-versed in all whistleblower laws and protections. We put our more than 200 years of combined legal experience behind every case and work to make sure that your rights are protected every step of the way.
If you believe you have evidence of corporate fraud, do not hesitate to contact us before filing a qui tam lawsuit. We will evaluate your claim and determine the ideal way to move forward with your best interests in mind.
Schedule a free and confidential consultation today to get started. Call 1 (855) 722-2552.