Qui Tam Cases

Whistleblower and Qui Tam Cases

practice-qui_tam_thumbIt is unfortunate that there are entities and persons who willingly defraud the government and cheat American taxpayers.

If you know of a scheme to defraud the state or federal government, the law allows you to recover a percentage of any settlement. These claims are often referred to as Qui Tam or Whistleblower claims. Whistleblower laws were enacted to encourage private citizens to come forward with information about other entities that are defrauding government programs. Whistleblower lawsuits around the country have resulted in billions of dollars being recovered for the government and individual whistleblowers.

The False Claims Act is a federal law which allows a private person to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the federal government where the person has information that another individual or company has knowingly submitted false or fraudulent claims for payment to the government. Often times, the private person bringing a whistleblower lawsuit is a former employee of a company that is submitting false claims. Many states have comparable state laws to combat fraud against state governments. In Texas, for example, the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act is one such law focused on preventing fraud on the state’s Medicaid program.

Much of the time the fraud includes improper claims by medical providers to Medicare or Medicaid. Some of the fraudulent schemes include billing for medical services that were not provided, billing for medical services that were not medically necessary, and improperly using inaccurate billing codes for medical services to increase reimbursement from the government. They can also involve overbilling on government contracts, selling defective goods to the government, or even filing fraudulent tax returns. There are special procedures for presenting these claims to the government. The initial notification must be filed under seal, which means the contents of the notification are kept secret from everyone but the government to give the government time to investigate the claims. The person or company that is accused of defrauding the government is not made aware of the Qui Tam case until the government decides how they would like to handle the case.

Our firm can file the claim with the state or local prosecutors on your behalf and help you to receive a percentage of any recovery. With these claims, time is of the essence. It is important to act quickly as the first person to report the fraud will be the one who is entitled to any reward. If you know of any fraud on the government, call us today for a free and confidential consultation.

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