If you have evidence of any form of government fraud, in which an individual or corporate entity has attempted to defraud the government, you should report the claim by filing a qui tam lawsuit.
The False Claims Act rewards individuals for coming forward with important information that can help the government recover lost funds. Successful claimants may be entitled to 15 to 30 percent of the money recovered by the government.
The West Palm Beach government fraud attorneys can help you compile and file your case and help make sure you receive the compensation owed to you.
Types of Government Fraud
Government fraud occurs any time an individual or corporation knowingly submits false information or attempts to obtain unwarranted funds from the government. It can occur in any industry in which a company enters into a contract with the government.
Some of the more common types of fraud our West Palm Beach government fraud attorneys have seen include:
Medicare and Medicaid Fraud
It has been reported that the U.S. government loses tens of billions of dollars every year due to fraudulent activities committed against federally-funded health insurance programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.
This type of fraud can include:
- Billing Medicare or Medicaid for tests or services that were not performed
- Billing for services and treatments that are not medically necessary
- Providing or accepting kickbacks or payments for referring or recommending items paid by federally-funded programs
- Inflating or mischaracterizing costs
- Submitting false billing claims
- Knowingly providing defective products or services
The government enters into contracts with a number of private entities on a continual basis, whether to purchase military supplies, to build highways or to furnish a government building. Unfortunately, fraud often occurs during the procurement process, during which the government accepts bids from various companies in order to purchase needed goods or services at the lowest competitive price.
Procurement fraud can include:
- Rigging bids or offering bribes or kickbacks in order to secure a contract
- Falsifying information in order to win a bid
- Overcharging for the cost of materials or labor
- Violating the Truth in Negotiations Act
Although the most recognized type of contractor fraud is generally associated defense contractors, any company that enters into a contract with the government can be guilty of violating the terms of a contract. This can include:
- Providing defective or substandard products
- Failing to report defective products
- Billing for services or products that were not provided
- Failing to fulfill all contractual obligations
The federal government spends billions of dollars every year on massive construction projects to build highways, bridges, government building and more. These projects are often subject to fraud, such as:
- Failing to follow contract specifications
- Producing false reports and documents
- Overcharging for man hours or materials
- Providing substandard workmanship or products
Our West Palm Beach government fraud attorneys have years of experience representing whistleblowers with any information about any of the above types of fraud in any industry. Some additional types of government fraud include:
- U.S. Postal Service fraud
- Student loan fraud
- Environmental fraud
- U.S. Customs fraud
We will review the details of your claim and the evidence you have collected in order to help you build a strong and successful lawsuit.
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How Our Government Fraud Attorneys Can Help
The False Claims Act was enacted to encourage ordinary citizens with knowledge of fraud to come forward and file a lawsuit on behalf of the United States against the guilty party.
It rewards individuals with a portion of the recovered funds and utilizes a number of provisions to protect the whistleblower from employer retaliation or wrongful punishment.
Our West Palm Beach government fraud attorneys are well-versed in whistleblower laws and can help you file a qui tam lawsuit. We will thoroughly review the information you have regarding fraud in order to determine if you should file a lawsuit.
If you do file a lawsuit, we will guide you through every step of the process, always ensuring that you maintain your confidentiality and are protected from employer retaliation.
If you have knowledge of any form of fraud, it is important that you speak with an experienced attorney right away.
Contact Gordon & Doner for a free consultation today. Call 1 (855) 722-2552.
Schedule a Confidential Case Review
Reporting government fraud is an honorable choice that comes with a number of risks. Our West Palm Beach government fraud attorneys understand the risks you take when reporting fraud. That is why we are committed to helping ensure absolute confidentiality throughout the entire process.
We will also work to make sure you are not punished by your employer for coming forward with the information. It is our goal to help you build a successful case and to recover the full amount of compensation you deserve for reporting fraudulent activity.
Contact our West Palm Beach government fraud attorneys today for a free and confidential consultation to determine if you have a case.