Whistleblower lawsuits, also referred to as qui tam litigation, are suits brought on behalf of the U.S., states, or local governments generally to recover money the government lost due to fraud. The most common fraud against the government occurs when a company submits “false claims” to the government by overbilling, or by performing services that were not consistent with the government’s expectations or specifications.
A whistleblower lawsuit is brought by an individual with “original source” information. This person is referred to as a “relator”, and is typically a current or former employee of the company that is defrauding the government. Whistleblowers can be handsomely rewarded for the original source information, usually receiving 15-30% of the amount recovered by the government.
Examples of potential Whistleblower Claims:
Healthcare or Medicare/Medicaid Fraud
- Padding medical bills by performing expensive, unnecessary medical procedures
- Falsifying records by billing Medicare/Medicaid for services never performed
- Providing “kickbacks” to physicians or hospitals from pharmaceutical companies or others in return for drug promotion or purchasing
- Referring patients to companies where the physician has a financial stake
- Intentional inflation of prices on government contracts
- Billing the government for expensive materials while using cheaper, low-quality materials
- Supplying the government with defective materials or materials that are not in accordance with the specifications in the contract
If you believe that your current or former employer is defrauding the government, please Contact Us today. We will explain the process to you in detail, and the risks and opportunities going forward to help you determine whether you should pursue your claims. We understand the sensitive nature of these cases and will keep all information you give us strictly confidential.