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by The Law Offices of Jason S. Coomer, PLLC

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- TARP Financial Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits
- Medicare Upcoding Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits
- Medicare Fraud Illegal Kickback Lawsuits
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- SEC Whistleblower Bounty Actions & Securities Fraud Violations
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- Russia Whistleblowers
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- Oil Industry Employee Whistleblowers
- Latin America Procurement and Contract Bribe Whistleblowers
- Financial Services Whistleblowers
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- India Whistleblowers
- West Africa Whistleblowers
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- India Pharmaceutical Company Whistleblowers
- Import Export Bribe Whistleblowers

Economic Incentives for Whistleblowers Lawsuits, Government Fraud Lawsuits, and Qui Tam Lawsuits

The basic premise of "qui tam actions" is to encourage private citizens to step up and blow the whistle on fraud.  Qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act are based on the theory that one of the least expensive and most effective means of preventing fraud on taxpayers and the government is to make the perpetrators of government fraud liable to actions by private persons acting under the strong stimulus of personal ill will and potential of large economic gain.

The strong public policy behind creating an economic gain for whistleblowers is that  the government would be significantly less likely to learn of the allegations of fraud, but for persons in certain positions with specialized knowledge of fraud that has been committed. Congress has made it clear that creating this economic incentive is beneficial not only for the government, taxpayers, and the realtor, but is an efficient method of regulating government to prevent fraud and fraudulent schemes.

The central purpose of the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act is to set up financial incentives to supplement government regulation and enforcement by encouraging whistleblowers with specialized knowledge of fraud going on in the government to blow the whistle on the crime.

The whistleblower's share of recovery is a maximum of 30 percent and the government's prior knowledge of fraud now does not necessarily bar a whistleblower from collecting lost revenue. If the government takes over the lawsuit, the relator can "continue as a party to the action." The defendant is also required to pay for the relator's attorney fees. The whistleblower is also protected from retaliatory actions by his or her employer. As a result of the 1986 amendment and subsequent amendments to the False Claims Act, qui tam lawsuits have increased dramatically.   Though the law was first enacted for corrupt defense contractors during the civil war, the subsequent amendments has uncovered fraudulent government contractors building roads, bridges, and other public works as well as health care providers and others committing Medicare fraud.  So far, billions of dollars have been recovered.

Anyone who defrauds the government out of revenue can be held accountable under the False Claims Act. Common defendants include defense contractors, health care providers, other government contractors & subcontractors, state and local government agencies,  and private universities. Whistleblowers often include current and former employees of the defrauding company, competitors of government contractors and public interest groups.

The False Claims Act was enacted to encourage private citizens to assist the government in the fight against fraud. Often the whistleblower faces an uphill battle as large, powerful corporations or individuals are usually named as defendants. An experienced attorney in qui tam claims may help you gain a percentage of stolen government funds.

For more information on whistleblower cases, please go to the United States National Whistleblower Information and Resource Website.

Types of Qui Tam Claims, Whistleblower Claims, and Federal Government Contractor Fraud Claims

Qui tam actions typically revolve around false claims that are either directly or indirectly presented to the Government for "payment or approval." These false claims can be generated through the submission of false bills, records, statements or other representations made to the Government.

There are several types of Qui Tam claims covered under the False Claims Act:

  • Mischarging or overcharging for goods or services.

  • Improper price data and the request for payment for services never provided.

  • Holding government property for fraudulent purposes.

  • Avoiding payment of a debt to the government because of illegal reasons.

  • Knowingly providing the government with defective or dangerous products that were falsely certified.

  • Falsely certifying information for the entitlement of benefits.

  • Having any false claim paid by the government.

The mischarging case is the most common type of qui tam case filed. Mischarging cases generally involve filing false claims for goods or services that were not provided or delivered. A common mischarging scenario is employee labor charged to a government contract not worked on. Other common mischarging schemes are claims made to the Government for medical services not rendered or for services performed by an attending physician when the service was actually performed by a nurse or other provider that should have been billed at a lower rate.

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If you are aware of a defense contractor, highway contractor, large health care company, or other large contractor or subcontractor that is defrauding the United States Government out of millions or billions of dollars, it is important to blow the whistle on the government contractor fraud.  By reporting the fraud you can save the government and taxpayers large amounts of money. 

If you are aware of defense contractor procurement fraud, highway contractor procurement fraud, health care company procurement fraud, or other government contractor or subcontractor procurement fraud, please feel free to contact Texas Federal Government Contractor Procurement Fraud Lawyer, Jason Coomer, via e-mail  or online submission form for a free review of a government contractor procurement fraud qui tam claim.

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