Is your employer cheating a government agency out of money or property?
Are you a nurse working for a doctor who is overcharging Medicaid through code inflation or over-prescribing opiates?
Are you an employee working under a defense department contract where the parts being produced do not meet the specs?
Or, are you simply a concerned citizen who just can’t sit by and let the government be defrauded of your tax dollars?
Stealing from the government by cheating on a contract for products or services is a serious type of illegal fraud. If your employer is doing that, and you commence a lawsuit, you could be entitled to a share of the monies the government collects.
In the United States, serious frauds may be a violation of the federal False Claims Act, or similar state and local laws. A whistleblower who exposes fraud-on-the-government may bring a lawsuit on behalf of the government and potentially receive, as a reward, a share of the money recovered by the government. When a plaintiff starts a lawsuit exposing government contracts fraud, on behalf of the government, that is known as a “qui tam” court claim. “Qui tam” is a broad concept that covers all sorts of wrongdoing, including such wrongs as:
- Healthcare fraud, pharmaceutical fraud, illegal kickbacks, Medicare and Medicaid frauds, and other government contract fraud which can be prohibited under the False Claims Act.
- Tax evasion, filing false returns, abuse of non-profit status, structuring transactions to unlawfully not pay taxes, and claiming fraudulent tax refunds, which are prohibited under IRS laws and rules.
- Ponzi schemes, insider trading, market manipulation, accounting fraud, and foreign bribery, which can be unlawful under laws, rules and regulations from the SEC and/or CFTC.
“Qui Tam” refers to the law suit through which you assert a claim of government contract fraud on behalf of the defrauded government entity. You come forward anonymously, call out the fraud and, through a lawyer, commence a court case. Then the appropriate government attorney office reviews your allegations and, if you have a good case, those attorneys can take over the case and pursue it. The law says that under appropriate circumstances, the Qui Tam plaintiff can get a percentage of the monies recovered.
Whether or not you work for a government office, if you learn credible information demonstrating that the government is being defrauded (through, for example, overcharging a town for “expert” services), then you could be a qui tam plaintiff. Civil responsibility is protected under the law. You could make a real difference and be compensated for doing that.
Contact us. We can evaluate your case and let you know how best to proceed.
Mr. Deininger has decades of complex litigation experience, including experience with Qui Tam litigation.
If you think you might have credible evidence of a fraud being committed against the government, you need to consult with an experienced attorney right away to insure you are eligible to receive any potential settlement. Mr. Deininger has significant experience with plaintiffs attempting to do the right thing by reporting government fraud. Mr. Deininger’s experience in qui tam claims, will set you immediately on a road to a better outcome.
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