Qui tam lawsuits are a type of civil lawsuit a whistleblower brings under the False Claims Act, a law that rewards a whistleblower if their qui tam cases recover funds for the government. Qui tam cases are a powerful way for a whistleblower to help the government stop many kinds of fraud – Medicare and Medicaid fraud, defense contractor fraud and numerous other types of frauds that impact the government financially – and recover billions that have been stolen from the U.S. Treasury and taxpayers.
The False Claims Act rewards a whistleblower whose qui tam lawsuits recover government funds and provides job protection to a whistleblower because of the professional and personal risks they take to expose and stop fraud against the government – fraud that can endanger the lives of patients, U.S. soldiers and others.
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Once a person has evidence of fraud against the government and decides to be a whistleblower, that person needs to find a lawyer to represent him/her. Thorough research should be done and careful consideration should be given to the hiring decision as the work by that lawyer will be key to the success of the qui tam case.
Under the False Claims Act, a private citizen may sue an individual or a business that is defrauding the government and recover funds on the government’s behalf. The whistleblower and qui tam lawsuit is filed “under seal,” meaning that it is kept secret from everyone but the government to give the Justice Department time to investigate the allegations. Even the person or entity being accused of fraud is not told about the qui tam case. The qui tam lawsuit and supporting documents should provide the government with detailed information about the fraud.
The government investigates the allegations, often with the assistance of the whistleblower’s attorney, and decides whether it will join, or “intervene,” in the case. The government intervenes in only a small percentage of qui tam lawsuits. Although whistleblowers have the option under the False Claims Act to pursue qui tam cases on their own, the chances of success are much higher when the government joins.
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Do you have whistleblower knowledge of Government fraud? Types of Fraud under the False Claim’s act include Medicare and Medicaid Fraud, Social Security Fraud, Defense Contractor Fraud, Environmental Fraud, Government Contract Fraud, US Postal Service Fraud, Government Construction Fraud, GSA Fraud, Federal Student Loan Fraud, and Federal Crop Fraud.