Whistleblowers Who Report Fraud Against the Government May Qualify to File a Qui Tam Lawsuit

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by Michael Heygood

Laws passed by the U.S. government and numerous states allow whistleblowers who alert the authorities to fraud, theft, or other misuse of government funds to receive a percentage of the money recovered in the case.

Known as qui tam lawsuits, these whistleblower claims became possible under a Civil War-era law known as the False Claims Act, which awarded a portion of funds recovered by the government to individuals who reported cases of fraud, even if they were not directly harmed by it. In addition to the False Claims Act, the IRS has its own whistleblower law, known as the Whistleblower Act.

Fraud against the federal government is a significant problem, accounting for an estimated 10% of the national budget.

Since the False Claims Act was strengthened in 1986, whistleblowers have been awarded approximately $28 billion for reporting fraud against the federal government.

Nearly all agencies of the federal government have been the victim of some type of fraud, including:

  • The Defense Department
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • The IRS
  • The FDA
  • The Treasury
  • The Department of Education

Individuals who have been witness to some type of fraud against state or federal agencies may be eligible to receive a portion of the funds recovered by the government. It is important to move quickly to file a lawsuit, however, as government laws often allow only the first person who files a whistleblower lawsuit to recover money.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson and Whistleblower Lawsuits

Because of the complex nature of qui tam litigation, individuals who have considered filing a whistleblower claim should also speak with an attorney who is experienced in qui tam lawsuits to guide them through the litigation process.

At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we have handled numerous business and commercial fraud cases. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to ensure whistleblowers receive the maximum compensation for uncovering and pursuing fraud against government agencies in qui tam lawsuits.

To receive a free legal consultation and find out more about filing a qui tam lawsuit, contact Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out our free case evaluation form.