Qui Tam Attorney for Whistleblowers
Talk to a Qui Tam Lawyer About Filing a Complaint Under the False Claims Act
The False Claims Act is one of the federal government’s most important tools for fighting fraud, waste, and abuse (FWA) in the federal contracting, grant, and health care sectors. Under the False Claims Act, not only can federal agencies initiate enforcement actions, but qui tam whistleblowers can initiate enforcement actions as well.
In fact, qui tam whistleblowers play an essential role in the government’s fight against fraud, waste, and abuse. Oftentimes, employees and other private citizens have access to information that the federal government simply has no way of uncovering on its own. As a result, the government relies on these individuals to come forward. Those who come forward are entitled to protection against all forms of retaliation in their employment. In some cases they are entitled to financial awards as well.
Do You Need to Report Fraud, Waste, or Abuse to the Federal Government?
The qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act allow—and encourage—individuals to come forward with information about all forms of fraud, waste, and abuse. This includes FWA under federal contracts, federal grants, and federal health care benefit programs (i.e., Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare). At Oberheiden P.C., our qui tam attorneys for whistleblowers represent individuals who need to report all forms of fraud, waste, and abuse; and, in doing so, we rely on extensive experience not only representing whistleblowers, but also within the federal government.
About Our Qui Tam Whistleblower Practice
Several of our whistleblower lawyers worked in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) before entering private practice. In this capacity, they were directly responsible for overseeing investigations and prosecutions focused on FWA in the federal contracting, grant, and health care sectors. As a result, not only are we intimately familiar with the False Claims Act’s qui tam provisions, but we are also intimately familiar with the DOJ’s enforcement priorities and its procedures for targeting fraud, waste, and abuse.
Here is what you can expect when you choose to work with a qui tam whistleblower at Oberheiden P.C.:
- Complete Confidence – We will keep your identity and all information you share strictly confidential. We will not contact the government with your information unless you expressly authorize us to do so.
- Personal Legal Advice – Your qui tam attorney will provide legal advice that is custom-tailored to your individual circumstances. Based on this advice, you will be able to make informed decisions about your next steps.
- Comprehensive Assistance – If you decide to move forward with filing a qui tam whistleblower complaint, your lawyer will assist you throughout the process. Your lawyer will communicate with the federal government on your behalf while keeping you informed every step of the way.
- No Pressure to Come Forward – When you contact us, you are under no obligation to come forward. While you are deciding whether to blow the whistle, our job is to advise you, not pressure you.
- No Out-of-Pocket Costs – Regardless of what you choose to do, we will represent you at no out-of-pocket cost. All of our advice is completely free; and, if you decide to file a qui tam whistleblower complaint, our legal fees (if any) will be paid out of any amount the federal government recovers.
Common Qui Tam Allegations Under the False Claims Act
When should you think about filing a qui tam complaint under the False Claims Act? False and fraudulent claims under the False Claims Act can take many different forms, and the federal government is interested in uncovering all forms of fraud, waste, and abuse that result in taxpayer losses. Some common examples of qui tam allegations under the False Claims Act include:
- Bank fraud involving federally-insured institutions
- Customs fraud (including counterfeiting, import fraud, and export fraud)
- Education and financial aid fraud
- Government contract and procurement fraud (including defense contract fraud)
- Government program fraud (including Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Employee Retention Credit (ERC) fraud)
- Healthcare fraud (including Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare fraud)
- Mortgage fraud and insurance fraud
- Kickbacks and other forms of unlawful remuneration
- Pharmaceutical fraud
- Public corruption and bribery (including bribery of domestic and foreign government officials)
Again, these are just some of the most common examples. Even if you aren’t sure whether a contractor, grant recipient, or program participant’s conduct specifically violates the False Claims Act, we encourage you to speak with a qui tam attorney at Oberheiden P.C. Our lawyers can determine if the information that you have reflects a violation of the False Claims Act—and, if it does, we can help you decide what to do next.
What You Should Know As a Potential Qui Tam Whistleblower
Blowing the whistle on fraud, waste, or abuse is one of the most important ways that private citizens can help the federal government. If you believe that you may have information about a False Claims Act violation, here are three important facts you should know:
1. Qui Tam Whistleblowers Are Entitled to Protection (and, In Some Cases, Financial Compensation)
When you qualify as a whistleblower under the False Claims Act, you are entitled to protection from retaliation. Your lawyers and the federal government will keep your identity confidential; and, if your employer discerns your identity, it will be prohibited from retaliating against you. If your qui tam complaint leads to a successful enforcement action, you may also be entitled to financial compensation from the government.
2. It Is Important to Make Informed Decisions As Quickly As Possible
As a potential qui tam whistleblower, it is essential to make informed decisions. But, it is also important to make these decisions as quickly as possible. Not only will coming forward promptly help mitigate taxpayers’ losses, but it will also help ensure that you receive the protections that are available under the False Claims Act.
3. Blowing the Whistle is the Right Thing to Do
While many people question whether they should report their employers (or other companies) to the federal government, you should always remember that blowing the whistle is the right thing to do. False and fraudulent claims cost taxpayers billions of dollars per year, and holding companies accountable is one of the most effective ways to prevent additional losses in the future.
FAQs: Filing a Qui Tam Whistleblower Complaint Under the False Claims Act
What information do I need to qualify as a qui tam whistleblower?
Qui tam whistleblowers report violations of the False Claims Act. The False Claims Act imposes penalties for any individual or entity that “knowingly presents, or causes to be presented, a false or fraudulent claim for payment or approval.” This is extremely broad—and this means that qui tam whistleblowers can report an extremely wide range of violations. As a result, if you believe that you may have information about any form of fraud resulting in taxpayer losses, you should speak with a qui tam whistleblower lawyer about your next steps.
Can I be fired as a qui tam whistleblower?
As a qui tam whistleblower, you will be protected against termination of your employment (and any other adverse employment actions) based on your decision to blow the whistle. You may still be terminated for other reasons—just as you could previously. If your employer fires you illegally, your qui tam whistleblower lawyer at Oberheiden P.C. will be able to help you seek appropriate remedies for retaliation under the False Claims Act. Keep in mind, however, that employers will not learn qui tam whistleblowers’ identities in most cases.
How long do I have to come forward as a qui tam whistleblower?
Under the False Claims Act, the federal government may have up to 10 years to initiate an enforcement proceeding. As a qui tam whistleblower, you need to file your complaint in time for the government to take action. However, you will want to file your complaint as soon as possible—as this will not only help to mitigate the government’s (and taxpayers’) losses but also help to ensure that you receive protection as a whistleblower.
How common is it to file a qui tam whistleblower lawsuit?
The federal government receives hundreds of qui tam complaints every year. But, even this only reflects a tiny portion of the fraud committed under federal contracts, grants, and programs. Qui tam whistleblowers play an important role; and, if you are thinking about coming forward, you should speak with a qui tam whistleblower lawyer promptly.
How can a qui tam whistleblower lawyer help me?
From helping you decide whether to come forward to protecting your identity and working with the federal government on your behalf, there are many ways an experienced qui tam whistleblower lawyer can help you. It costs nothing to work with an experienced lawyer; and, if you are thinking about blowing the whistle, we strongly encourage you to contact us for a free and confidential consultation.
Schedule a Free and Confidential Consultation with a Senior Qui Tam Lawyer Today
Do you need to report fraud, waste, or abuse under the False Claims Act? If so, we’re here to help. To schedule an appointment with a senior qui tam lawyer at Oberheiden P.C., please call 888-680-1745 or submit our confidential online contact form today.