Whistleblower and Qui Tam
If a company commits fraud or “cheats” the government, then you can “blow the whistle” on their scheme. A whistleblower may be rewarded up to 30% of the government’s recovery.
Companies with government contracts or who provide services to the government can overcharge the government or commit fraud in a variety of ways: increasing the bills, improperly certifying testing, up-coding, falsifying time cards, shipping substandard or defective products, etc. There are a thousand schemes that result in the government, and as a result taxpayers, paying more than it should.
A “whistleblower” or “qui tam” claim is brought under the False Claims Act, which is a law created to help people come forward with knowledge of fraud on the government. The U.S. government rewards whistleblowers with a share of the recoveries to encourage people to take the personal and professional risks involved in reporting fraud.
If you believe you have a whistleblower claim, do not discuss it with anyone other than your lawyer. These cases are filed under seal, meaning that they are not disclosed to anyone other than the government. If you violate the seal, your case can be dismissed.
You do not need to be a corporate insider or officer to bring a whistleblower claim.
You do not even need to be an employee. Cases have been successfully brought by employees, customers, and competitors. Anyone who is aware of fraud on the government can file a whistleblower claim. However, the process is long and complicated and filing on your own, while legal, can be daunting for an individual. Harman Law Firm has the attorneys to guide you and help protect your identity and livelihood during the investigation.
Under the False Claims Act, the government may recover up to three times the amount of money it lost as a result of the defendant’s fraud. The whistleblower’s share is calculated based upon the amount the government recovers, not the actual losses. The False Claims Act protects whistleblowers who file qui tam lawsuits from being fired, demoted and harassed by their employer.
The types of whistleblower cases we investigate include:
- Defense Contractor
- General Services Administration
- Government Grant and Research
- Fraud (Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act)
- Financial Industry (TARP, Mortgage)
- Tax (Corporate Tax, Abusive Tax Shelters)
In some cases where others may know of wrongdoing, there is an advantage to being the first to file.
The Harman Law Firm represents clients across the country who have fraud and whistleblower claims.