The False Claims Act (FCA), now viewed as America’s most successful whistleblower law, was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln during the height of the U.S. Civil War. President Lincoln signed the legislation into effect because corrupt defense contractors were selling defective products to the Union army, putting the lives of soldiers at risk. The FCA has a robust anti-retaliation provision, and whistleblowers can qualify for monetary rewards. The law covers fraud in all federal government procurement and spending.
The qui tam whistleblower provisions of the FCA are used to combat fraud by government contractors and grantees in government procurement. These provisions allow private citizens with knowledge of fraud against the United States to present those allegations to the government by filing a lawsuit on behalf of the United States. If the government’s investigation substantiates those allegations and the United States obtains a monetary recovery under the False Claims Act, the private citizen may share in that monetary recovery.
Violators of the False Claims Act are liable for three times the dollar amount that the fraud they committed against the government as well as civil penalties of $5,000 to $10,000 for each false claim. A qui tam whistleblower can receive between 15 and 30 percent of the total recovery the U.S. gets from the defendant. Merely informing the government about the violation is not enough.
The experienced qui tam whistleblower attorneys at Kohn & Kohn & Colapinto have a long history of successfully representing whistleblowers and assisting them in winning rewards.
If you have knowledge of government contract fraud and need a whistleblower advocate to help you with your case, please contact us.
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