In the United States, the False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq.) provides a powerful legal tool to counteract fraudulent billings turned in to the Federal Government. Citizens with insider knowledge of false claims in health care, military, or other government spending programs can be rewarded.
Filing a Qui Tam Claim – What You Need To Know
There are many important aspects of filing a potential claim under the False Claims Act.
First, be careful to only discuss your information with an Attorney who can assist you in evaluating the merit of your potential claim. Disclosure of the details of your potential claim to the media or other individuals prior to filing suit may prohibit you from sharing in any recovery.
Next, being the first to file a potential claim is vital. Only the first individual to file a claim has the right to share in any recovery. Even if your knowledge is greater and you are not the first to file, you may be denied from sharing in any recovery.
Do not be afraid to report fraud! The Whistleblower Protection Act, an amendment to the False Claims Act, protects you from harassment, demotion, and wrongful termination for reporting fraud.
Whistleblower Rights – You are Protected!