Qui Tam Whistleblower Attorneys Experienced in Representing Government Procurement Fraud Cases
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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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Individuals who live outside the U.S. can obtain experienced procurement fraud attorneys. Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto offers free and confidential consultations to procurement fraud whistleblowers.
Individuals with evidence of procurement fraud against federal programs or contracting fraud against the government who provide the government with information can qualify to be a False Claims Act whistleblower. The information must be provided in the form and method required under law, and most courts require that qui tam whistleblowers have an attorney.
Types of procurement fraud include illegal kickbacks, willful contract violations, billing fraud, fake companies, fraudulent invoicing, and bid rigging.
In a government procurement fraud case, a private party known as a qui tam relator brings an action on the government’s behalf under the False Claims Act against a person or company who is believed to have violated the law. The government can then choose whether or not to intervene in the case. If there is a successful prosecution the whistleblower obtains a reward of between 15-30% of the sanctions collected, plus legal fees and costs.
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