In a world with an ever-growing population and an insatiable desire for new energy sources, oil and mineral rights are more valuable than ever. The rights to exploit sub-surface minerals under your land can mean an extraordinary windfall.
But anytime money gathers in one spot, fraud is not far behind. Oil and mineral rights fraud is more widespread than ever.
James Shoemaker understands the intricacies of oil and mineral rights contracts, which are growing ever more complicated. And he can help if you've become aware of fraud in this area and you're considering blowing the whistle.
If you need a whistleblower with experience in oil and mineral rights fraud, please call James Shoemaker today at 757-223-4580. Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein is located in Virginia, but we welcome cases from across the country.
What Qualifies as Fraud?
The federal government plays a huge role in allocating mineral rights and exploiting natural resources in the United States. As such, it has a vested interest in ensuring that it is not defrauded in these matters.
When a mineral rights fraud case effects the US government and taxpayer money, whistleblowers can pursue a case through the False Claims Act. An FCA "relator" is eligible to receive a percentage of any fines resulting from their revelations.
Examples of oil and mineral rights fraud includes:
- Illegitimate titles
- Misrepresented quantities of minerals or oil
- Horizontal drilling without permission
- Various forms of financial fraud
When the federal government is involved, these examples of fraud can leave taxpayers holding the bill. As a whistleblower, you have the ability to bring these cases to the government's attention.
But to do so, you'll need an experienced attorney on your side. Mr. Shoemaker can help you navigate the complex world of False Claims Act litigation, all while protecting you from retaliation by your employer.
If you want to speak to our experienced lawyer and learn more about your options, please call James Shoemaker today at 757-223-4580.