The Coronavirus pandemic is leaving the door open to fraudsters and criminals who want to take advantage of the crisis. With billions of dollars in federal spending allocated to fight this outbreak as well as millions more spent on health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, it is essential to ensure this money does not fall into the hands of fraudsters.
Several whistleblower laws, including the False Claims Act and qui tam provisions, protect individuals who report frauds related to the fallout of the pandemic. A patchwork of federal and state laws cover federal, state, and private sector employees. This patchwork of laws makes whistleblower protections for coronavirus fraud whistleblowers extremely confusing and creates loopholes that can allow retaliation to occur. It is important for those considering blowing the whistle on fraud to seek legal help from an experienced whistleblower attorney.