If you have information or witnessed your employer causing danger to public health and safety or has violated laws or regulations, you may feel responsible to report it. A whistleblower is a person who reports a person or organization who has engaged in illicit activity. Do not worry because there are many state and federal laws in place to protect whistleblowers from employers who retaliate.
There is a lot of conduct that could be considered fraudulent, but government fraud, in particular, is considered a very serious crime. When someone intentionally takes money from the government through deception, trickery, or use of illegal scams, it is usually considered government fraud.
If you are thinking about becoming a whistleblower, one of the very best things you to is locate the most qualified whistleblower attorney with a proven track record. A good whistleblower lawyer will be the most beneficial defense in your fight for justification and may make the obvious difference between winning or losing your whistleblowing case. It is important to know you have the greatest whistleblower attorney on your side, and with Robins Cloud LLP, you will have the best working for you.
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When someone commits government fraud, it is the taxpayer who ends up paying the price. Examples of fraudulent activity involving the government include:
Other examples of government fraud can include contract bribes, double or dishonest billing, intentionally using inferior parts in products, and certifying the quality of parts or test results when they really are not up to par. Since government fraud essentially steals money from taxpayers, those who engage in fraudulent activity against the government end up taking government funds or monies that would otherwise go towards public benefits and services.
About $3.5 billion was obtained by the United States Department of Justice in 2015 for successfully settling or litigating cases that involved fraud against the government. More than half of this amount was obtained from individuals or companies involved in the health care industry either for providing unnecessary or inadequate medical care, for overcharging for products and services that were paid for by federal health care programs, or for bribing health care providers into using certain products and services. About a third of the $3.5 billion was obtained from those involved in fraudulent government contract activity.
When the government seeks remedies from fraudulent offenders, it usually does so under the False Claims Act. Fraudulent activity of all kinds is covered by the Act, including government contract fraud, health care fraud, highway fund fraud, mortgage and loan fraud, fraud related to disaster assistance, and fraud related to agricultural programs and research grants. The Act was strengthened in 1986 to incentivize further witnesses of government wrongdoing, also known as whistleblowers or relators, to come forward and file a lawsuit on the government’s behalf.
When false claims are filed under the Act, the Act’s whistleblower provisions are what allow individuals who witness wrongdoing to file lawsuits on the government’s behalf. Whistleblower lawsuits are referred to as qui tam actions, and if the government is successful in the lawsuit, the whistleblower can receive as much as thirty percent of the government’s recovery. There were 638 qui tam actions filed on the government’s behalf in 2015.
At Robins Cloud LLP, we understand that fraud against the government is very serious and sensitive in nature. As a result, you can expect our experienced Texas Government Fraud Attorneys will take every step necessary in order to safeguard your confidentiality. If you believe that you’ve witnessed fraudulent activity or wrongdoing at your place of work, it is important that you take the following precautions in order to protect yourself: