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.
- Falsifying a record or statement in order to receive undue payment from the government,
- Conspiring with others to get a fraudulent claim paid by the government,
- Using a false record or statement to avoid or reduce payments to the government, or
- Knowingly misrepresenting products or services.
While it is important to act quickly once you have proof of fraud, it is in your best interest to first discuss your potential case with an attorney who has extensive experience with qui tam cases. Accusing a business or individual of defrauding the government is a serious charge and you will need a strong legal representative on your side throughout the lawsuit and afterward to protect you from possible retaliation.
Tenacious Qui Tam Attorneys in New York
The legal team at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP can help you determine whether you have a valid qui tam lawsuit during a free and confidential consultation. Do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about qui tam and to discuss your specific circumstances. Our experienced and knowledgeable team can help you understand your legal options and protect your right to compensation in the event of a successful lawsuit. Call us at (212) 986-7353 or submit an online contact form today.