A whistleblower is a person who tells the federal or state government or a certain governmental authority (such as the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission—the SEC) about illegal, fraudulent, or dishonest conduct of a person or an organization. Whistleblower claims have a long history in the United States. The False Claims Act, passed during the American Civil War, was meant to encourage people to report those who were scamming the government in a time of rampant fraud. In essence, a whistleblower is bringing a lawsuit on behalf of the government by “blowing the whistle” against a person or an organization for cheating the government. If you are seeking whistleblower protection, or you have information that requires a whistleblower attorney (also known as Qui Tam Action), the lawyers at The Whistleblower Advocates provide experience and high quality legal services.
The False Claims Act is the primary federal law that prohibits a person or an organization from making a false claim for recovery from the government. The False Claims Act also provides a mechanism for a whistleblower to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the government if fraud is discovered.
When a whistleblower, the original source of information revealing government fraud, reports the fraud to the government, the whistleblower will also be entitled to a percentage of the recovery as a reward for exposing the wrongdoer and recovering funds for the government. Depending on the whistleblower’s contributions to helping the government, the type of fraud being reported, and the total damages the government would be recovering, awards to the whistleblower can range from 10% to 30%.
You can bring a whistleblower action, or qui tam action, in just about any instance where the government was defrauded by an individual or an organization. Each situation is unique but common whistleblower actions include:
The lawyers at The Whistleblower Advocates are committed to holding those who defraud the government responsible for their actions. If you believe you have information relating to a person or an organization cheating the government, please contact us.
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