When faced with evidence that an employer has committed fraud against the government, many people may feel reluctant to “blow the whistle” on the criminal activity. Will I lose my job if I report the falsified documents? Will my boss retaliate and find a reason to demote me? Taking action to expose wrongdoing in the workplace is never an easy decision, especially if it involves a government investigation that could create a hostile work environment or threaten your job.
However, defrauding the government is a serious crime. In fact, the qui tam provision of the False Claims Act, also known as “Lincoln’s Law,” encourages individuals to expose fraud by filing a qui tam lawsuit. When a qui tam case is settled, the relator, also known as the whistleblower, may be entitled to receive up to 30 percent of the funds recovered by the government.
What Actions Count as Fraud Against the Government?
If your employer has taken the following actions, you may have a valid qui tam case.