Whistleblower litigation, also known as a qui tam lawsuit, has become a powerful way for the public to help the government stop many types of fraud. Cases involve defense industry contract abuse, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, securities fraud, and other types of dishonesty that serve to take billions from American taxpayers every year. The False Claims Act, also known as the “Lincoln Law,” has a provision in it, the “qui tam,” which allows for private individuals to file a lawsuit on behalf of the government. In return for their success, the government offers the individual a portion of the total recovery. Since 1987, the government has recovered more than $22 billion as a result of qui tam litigation.
If you have information regarding an individual or business defrauding the government, you need to consider retaining an attorney with experience in representing qui tam litigants. After you choose to come forward with that information, the attorney will draft a lawsuit that will be filed in secrecy. Not even the individual or business that is accused is notified of the case. This gives the government time to investigate the claim and decide whether it wants to join, or “intervene,” in the matter. While an individual can still bring the lawsuit without the government’s participation, lawsuits in which there is government intervention have a much higher rate of success.
If you have information detailing fraud committed by an individual or a business against the federal, state, or local government, you should contact Mazow|McCullough, PC, immediately. We can analyze your case, craft a compelling suit, and help you through the process of protecting American taxpayers and recovering compensation for your bravery.