You’ve witnessed something amiss in your workplace. Whether it is a medical practice routinely upcoding Medicare claims to charge for more expensive procedures than were actually performed, a government contractor cheating the government by providing goods that are inferior to those promised, or another form of overcharging the government, you suspect your employer is committing fraud on the government. You know the right thing to do is report it, perhaps asking questions internally and then turning to outside help if that doesn’t resolve the issue. Still, you are scared. At The Brod Law Firm, our whistleblower’s law firm understands your concerns and we want to assure you that the law does as well. In addition to providing a substantial reward to those who bring fraud cases under the False Claims Act on the government’s behalf, the law includes anti-retaliation provisions and substantial government fraud whistleblower protections. We are committed to ensuring whistleblowers are protected from retaliation because we believe whistleblowers are providing a critical service to the American people.
The False Claims Act: The Role of Private Whistleblowers and the Rules Protecting Them
As long-time readers of this blog know, the False Claims Act (“FCA”) is one of the most powerful tools for fighting fraud on the U.S. government. Chapter 31 Section 3729 of the United States Code makes it illegal for an entity/individual to knowingly make a false claim for payment from the federal government or its agencies, including using a falsified record to support an inappropriate claim. A key part of the subsequent section, 31 U.S.C. §3730, allows private individuals (“relators”) to bring FCA claims on the government’s behalf. The government then has the option of joining the suit (“intervening”) or having the whistleblower proceed with the prosecution. If the relator’s information and efforts lead to the government recovering money, the relator is entitled to between 15 and 30 percent of the recovered funds.