The federal False Claims Act, as well as several state and city False Claims Acts, allow employees or any citizen to file a lawsuit on behalf of the federal government, a state government or a municipality for false or fraudulent claims that have been made to them.
These suits are often referred to as qui tam actions (Latin for “on behalf of the King”) and the persons bringing these claims are typically referred to as relators and/or whistleblowers. In order to file suit as a qui tam relator or whistleblower, you must have specific information that the defendant company or person engaged in fraud against a governmental entity or agency.
If you have knowledge of false claims made against a governmental entity, call Mr. Shoemaker today at 757-223-4580 for a free whistleblower consultation*.
Types of Whistleblower Actions
Almost any circumstance in which an industry works closely with a governmental agency gives rise to the potential of unlawful exploitation and fraud. Mr. Shoemaker has successfully prosecuted several types of fraud claims under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act and analogous state statutes. The types of claims we take for representation include:
- Medicare/Medicaid Fraud
- Defense Contractor Fraud
- Pharmaceutical Fraud
- SEC Whistleblower Actions
- Financial Industry Fraud
- Government Construction Fraud
- Government Employee False Claims
- Department of Education Fraud
- Oil and Mineral Rights Fraud
- IRS Tax Fraud
Financial Recovery for Whistleblowers/Qui Tam Relators
Qui tam relators and whistleblowers are rewarded for their efforts by receiving a percentage of the recovery the government obtains based on their claim. Depending on whether you file your claim under the False Claims Act or another whistleblower statute, you may be entitled to between 15 and 30 percent of the recovery.
Whistleblower recoveries can be significant. Many qui tam relators have received tens of millions of dollars in awards.
Protect Your Rights as a Whistleblower
In order to protect your case and your rights as a whistleblower, it is important to remember a few key things:
- Act quickly. You must be the first whistleblower to file your lawsuit or you may be cut out of the recovery.
- Consult with a lawyer and keep quiet with everyone else. Once you report the facts you have to your lawyers, do not discuss your case with anyone except your lawyers. This reduces the chance that a third party will take your information and be the first to file. It also avoids the dangers of having your case dismissed or you being held in contempt for revealing information after a case is filed and placed under seal in the court with appropriate jurisdiction.
- Hire an experienced lawyer. Whistleblower cases are complex and can cost a significant amount of money, upfront, to prosecute. We are willing to advance those costs and take the financial burden off of you. It is critical that you hire an experienced lawyer who has the skill and resources to prosecute your case effectively.
Mr. Shoemaker is an experienced qui tam trial lawyer at Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein. But it is not enough to hire an experienced and skilled lawyer. That lawyer must have the resources to take on large and well-funded opponents. With 24 lawyers and a staff of nearly 50 para-professionals, Mr. Shoemaker and the firm have the experience and the financial and personnel resources necessary to aggressively advance your case.
Are you ready to talk about the fraud you have discovered? Call Mr. Shoemaker today at 757-223-4580 for your free, confidential consultation*. Our experience is national and we welcome clients from Virginia and across the United States.