Exposing cheaters who commit fraud against the government is not easy. Yet hundreds of whistleblowers come forward every year — many because they feel it is their patriotic duty. For their efforts, successful whistleblowers can be rewarded handsomely.

In 2018, whistleblowers filed 645 qui tam suits and received, collectively, nearly $301 million in reward money.

If you have firsthand evidence showing fraud against the government, you are allowed to file suit on behalf of the government for violations of the federal False Claims Act. The suit is known as a "qui tam" action, and the person bringing the action is referred to as the "relator."

What to Look for in a
Whistleblower / Qui Tam Claim

If you suspect fraud against the U.S. government, you may have a whistleblower/qui tam claim if you have firsthand evidence that the suspect knowingly:

  • Makes false or fraudulent claims for approval or financial gain
  • Falsifies or causes to have falsified, records or statements for the purpose of financial gain
  • Delivers or causes to be delivered to the government, less money or property than agreed upon
  • Intends to defraud the government by producing and/or delivering documentation certifying the government has received property without knowing if that is true
  • Purchases or receives as a debt or obligation any public property from a government officer, employee, or military personnel
  • Falsifies or causes to be falsified, records or statements concerning payments to the government whether money or property; or conceals, improperly avoids, or decreases those payments
  • Violates or conspires to violate any of the above

Don't Delay Filing a Qui Tam Claim

It is important to act quickly when filing a whistleblower/qui tam case. The False Claims Act specifies that only the first person to file a whistleblower lawsuit can proceed with legal action and collect monetary damages. If the government or other individual has already filed a False Claims Act lawsuit based on the same evidence you have, you cannot file a lawsuit.

What to Look for in a Whistleblower Law Firm

While whistleblowers enjoy federal protections and the potential for significant rewards under the False Claims Act, filing a qui tam claim has many complicated components and requirements. A whistleblower law firm may be able to reinforce those protections and potential rewards. Moreover, whistleblower claims can require significant financial, technological, and human resources up front. Whistleblowers would be prudent to seek a law firm that:

  • Puts your interests first
  • Offers the legal backing of counsel that has brought several whistleblower claims to trial or favorable settlement
  • Has significant financial, technological, and staffing resources, from filing the claim to the investigation, through trial and/or settlement
  • Will take cases all the way to trial if need be
  • Offers a proven process from the very first contact with the firm through trial or settlement
  • Will help maintain your confidentiality and anonymity where possible, and take the necessary precautions to try to protect you and your family from potential retaliation from the defendant
  • Is a member of the Taxpayers Against Fraud Task Force (TAF), the national nonprofit organization dedicated to combating fraud against the U.S. government

Let's Just Talk. NC Whistleblower Attorneys.

If you suspect fraud against the federal or state government, let's talk. We are here to help put you at ease as we try to help you determine — confidentially and discretely — if you should move forward with a whistleblower/qui tam claim. We appreciate the struggle you may be facing. That is why we have a You-First policy in place. We will try to help protect you regardless of your involvement.

Contact us or call 1-844-520-2889.

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