False Claims Act/Qui Tam
Originally enacted by President Lincoln to curb rampant profiteering during the Civil War, the False Claims Act is the most effective whistleblower law ever passed. Acting under the law’s qui tam provisions, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto has helped its clients recover hundreds of millions of dollars that government contractors had stolen from American taxpayers.
Faulty Body Armor: Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto is currently representing Dr. Aaron Westrick, a former police officer who, while working for Second Chance Body Armor, blew the whistle on the company for knowingly selling thousands of defective bulletproof vests to local police departments, the U.S. military and federal law enforcement agencies. Dr. Westrick’s actions forced the company to pull the vests from the market, saving many lives and millions of taxpayer dollars.
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In addition, KKC successfully represented the whistleblowers in a qui tam case against FEMA contractor Kieger Enterprises. The whistleblowers provided information to the government that Kieger Enterprises had stolen from the World Trade Center Bombing relief efforts along with other disaster related frauds. As a result of the whistleblowers' disclosures, all of the company's executives plead guilty and were sentenced to time in priso n. The whistleblowers retained recoveries based on the fines levied against Kieger Enterprises.
Massive Healthcare Fraud: KKC represented a whistleblower whose disclosures resulted in his employer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, paying back the U.S. taxpayers over $500 million in ill-gotten funds.
Theft from Ground Zero: After employees revealed a scheme at Kieger Enterprises to steal and resell supplies and debris from the World Trade Center site, our attorneys assisted the successful effort to prosecute the company owners and managers, and obtain a financial reward for the courageous whistleblowers.