Few things are as frightening as the thought of going against long-established government practices and organizations, especially when the government organization is your employer. That is why whistleblowers are so important. They are heroes of the people, uncovering government fraud, an unlawful practice that hurts all citizens and taxpayers. Whistleblowers help catch wrongdoers who steal your tax dollars, filing false claims for government benefits and other funds.
Whistleblowers And Qui Tam Lawsuits
Whistleblowers file hundreds of “qui tam” cases every year. These cases are those filed by ordinary citizens on behalf of the U.S. government to recover moneys fraudulently acquired by local government entities, individuals and businesses. Understanding that it cannot possibly catch all cases of government fraud, the U.S. government offers an incentive to help uncover fraudulent acts. Ordinary citizens can step forward and help recover billions for the federal government and be rewarded 15 to 30 percent of the funds recovered.
States And Municipalities With False Claims Laws
Almost half of all states have “false claims” acts similar to those enacted by the federal government. California and Illinois even allow “qui tam” cases to be brought on behalf of private insurance companies. Some cities enacted these laws as well. States and municipalities that allow “qui tam” cases include:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- District of Columbia
- New York City
If you have information that you believe can prove fraud against a government agency or organization, contact our office right away. We’ll help you evaluate the information and determine the best course of action. Remember, if we can successfully prove the case for you, you will be rewarded a percentage of the recovery.