Whistleblower Law

According to some estimates, the federal and state governments lose $3 billion each year due to fraud, abuse, and misconduct. This fraud, abuse, and misconduct is primarily found in the construction and health care fields. Often times, hospitals, doctors, and nursing homes submit false and fraudulent claims to the federal and state government seeking reimbursement for services they did not render. Fortunately, whistleblowers that are courageous enough to bring these types of fraudulent and abusive practices to light are entitled to receive compensation under the Federal False Claims Act and the various State False Claims Acts.

Types of Government Fraud that Will Support a Whistleblower Lawsuit

The Federal and State False Claim Acts allow Whistleblowers to serve as “relators” and file Whistleblower actions against any person or corporation engaged in any type of fraud, abuse, or misconduct directed toward the federal government and state governments. Based on the experience of the attorneys at the Studstill Firm, LLP, we have typically seen government fraud, abuse, and misconduct in the following industries:

Government Contracting: Traditionally, there has been a tremendous amount of fraud, abuse, and misconduct on the part of government contractor and subcontractors. This fraud, abuse, and misconduct usually takes the form of contractors and subcontractors submitting false bills and statements to the federal government for payment. For example, government contractors and subcontractors may not use the materials the government contract specifies, but instead may use cheaper materials in order to make a larger profit. Government contractor and subcontracts may also fail to pay their employees and workers the proper wages as specified by the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires contractors and subcontractors to pay prevailing wages and benefits to employees engaged in federal government construction projects. Similarly, government contractors and subcontractors often fail to pay the wage rates set in the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act, which sets wage rates and other labor standards for employees of contractors furnishing services to the federal government and the Walsh-Healey Pubic Contractors Act, which requires payment of minimum wages and other labor standard by contractor providing materials and supplies to the federal government. If you know of a contractor or subcontractor engaged in this type of fraud, abuse, and misconduct, contact an experienced attorney at the Studstill Firm, LLP for a free evaluation of your potential whistleblower case.

Medical/Health Care Industry: Over the years, there has also been a large amount of fraud, abuse, and misconduct by research scientists, doctors, nurses, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health care services, pharmacies, drug companies, and hospitals. This type of fraud, abuse, and misconduct is usually characterized by a research scientist, doctor, nurse, nursing home, assisted living facility, home health care service, drug company, or hospital overbilling the government for goods or services, for billing for goods or services not provided, for preparing or submitting a false statement in order to get paid, for making a false statement to avoid paying a debt to the government, for upcoding and bundling or unbundling billing codes to overcharge the government, or for manipulating procedures. This type of fraud, abuse, and misconduct is also often engaged in by drug companies promoting medicine and other pharmaceutical products for off label use. If you know a research scientist, doctor, nurse, nursing home, assisted living facility, home health care service, drug company, or hospital that is engaging in the this type of fraud, abuse, or misconduct, contact an experienced attorney at the Studstill Firm, LLP for a free evaluation of your potential whistleblower case.

Income Tax Fraud: Historically, there has been fraud, abuse, and misconduct associated with individual and corporate tax returns. Typically, corporations or high net worth individuals seek to avoid paying federal income tax by creating bogus tax deductions and credits or by failing to report income. To combat this type of tax fraud, abuse, and misconduct, the IRS has a whistleblower program. Under the IRS whistleblower program, whistleblowers can collect between 15 to 30% of the amount the IRS eventually collects from the tax cheat as a result of the tax fraud, abuse, or misconduct. If you know a corporation or high net worth individual that is engaging in the this type of tax fraud, abuse, or misconduct, contact an experienced attorney at the Studstill Firm, LLP for a free evaluation of your potential whistleblower case.

What is in it for Me?

In virtually all whistleblower cases, the whistleblower, as a relator, can recover a certain percentage of the money that is actually recovered on behalf of the federal or state government. In the typical case where the whistleblower is able to recover money on behalf of the government, the whistleblower is awarded between 15% and 30% of the amount of money or funds recovered for the federal or state government. This is often times a significant amount of money. In fact, in the last twenty years alone, whistleblowers have been awarded over $2 billion as compensation for blowing the whistle on fraud, abuse, and misconduct. If you are aware of any type of fraud, abuse, or misconduct that has resulted in a loss to the federal or state government, please contact an experienced attorney at the Studstill Firm, LLP for a free evaluation of your potential whistleblower case.