I have focused my practice on representing people who are the victims of fraud in many forms. These include individuals taken advantage of by finance and insurance companies within the financing industry, victims of predatory lending, and employees whose employers are not paying them fair wages or violating labor laws.
An important area of my work involves representing so-called “whistleblowers.” The False Claims Act (FCA) was established in 1863 to allow individuals to sue on behalf of the government when they witness fraud against the government under a provision called “qui tam.” Provisions of the False Claims Act make whistleblowers eligible to receive up to 30 percent of money recovered as a result of their report. To date, whistleblowers have received more than $4 billion for reporting fraud against the government.
There also is a part of the False Claims Act that is known as the “whistleblower protection” provision. This provision ensures that if you are fired, demoted, suspended, threatened or discriminated against in any other way by an employer as a result of your filing a report of fraud, that you will be reinstated to your former position.
If you would like to speak further about a possible whistleblower claim, give me a call at 800-898-2034, or fill out the contact form on this page.
How to Become a Whistleblower
Before you report suspected fraud or other wrongdoing, it is important to make sure you have a valid claim and that you are prepared for what lies ahead. Here are some things to consider:
- Be hands-on – A whistleblower has to have first-hand knowledge of the fraud or other wrongdoing in order to file a claim
- Be specific – Identify the “who, what, when and where” of the fraud. Organize your information and, if possible, create a timeline for the fraudulent conduct
- Verify criteria – Before reporting the fraud, it is very important to secure all proper and legal documentation, and make sure there is a valid claim under either the federal or a state’s False Claims Act
- Determine Motive – The fraud must have been committed willingly and deliberately. Mismanagement is not a cause for a whistleblower claim
- Talk to a Lawyer – A whistleblower lawyer will be able to help you navigate a potential claim, and guide you through what is often a long process