How Can Whistleblowers Help Fight Fraud?

A whistleblower claim may be brought against any type of business or organization, including healthcare providers, non-profit organizations, private and publicly-traded companies, federal, state and local government agencies, and public and private educational institutions. 

- How To File?

Types of Whistleblower Claims

How Does It Work?

Whistleblower awards can be quite substantial:

  • Under False Claims Act, whistleblowers can receive between 15 and 30 percent of the total recovery, whether through a favorable judgment or settlement.

  • Under IRS Whistleblower Program, whistleblowers can receive rewards up to 30 percent of the tax, penalties and interest the IRS collects.

  • Under SEC and CFTC Whistleblower Programs, whistleblowers can receive awards ranging from 10 to 30 percent of the monetary sanctions collected.

To put in context, the DOJ announced that in fiscal year 2018 alone, it recovered almost $2.9 billion in settlements and judgments involving fraud and false claims against the government. 

 

If you have concerns about protecting your identity in a whistleblower case, contact us to learn about anonymity/confidentiality provisions under specific laws that allow whistleblowers to report fraud anonymously.

 

Fraud costs taxpayers billions of dollars every year at every level of government. Healthcare fraud impacts Medicare and Medicaid, taking dollars out of those programs that otherwise would go to much-needed medical care. Fraud by government contractors hits the budgets of federal, state and local agencies, from the Pentagon to city housing departments. Investigators and prosecutors work with scarce resources to police a virtual tidal wave of wrongdoing. To help ferret out fraud, the U.S. government, many states, and some cities have False Claims statutes that enable citizens to act as whistleblowers and bring lawsuits on behalf of the government.

The Federal False Claims Act is called the “Lincoln Law” because it was first passed under Abraham Lincoln to sanction unscrupulous vendors who sold shoddy uniforms, defective arms, and other substandard supplies to the Union Army. Under these laws, the whistleblower can receive a significant money reward for bringing non-public information about fraud to the attention of the authorities. As their investigative budgets tighten, these governments increasingly rely on whistleblower actions, known as qui tam cases, to help them discover fraud, and recover ill-gotten taxpayer dollars to their treasuries.

About Us

Our goal at WhistleBlowerInfo.com is to provide the public and our readers with the information needed to file a qui tam, or whistleblower, lawsuit against companies that commit fraud. Through this website, we hope to empower individuals to stand out against these companies and give them the confidence that comes with having a reliable legal team behind them.

At Seeger Weiss, we take pride in our track record of success in the court room. Providing ongoing support and legal representation for whistleblowers across the country, our attorneys have recovered millions of taxpayer dollars including one of the largest settlements for healthcare fraud ever, $3 billion paid by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The federal government pushes for whistleblowers’ assistance and has therefore enacted laws that protect them. These laws, including the False Claims Act, allow individuals with information regarding fraud to disclose this information to investigators and prosecutors on the government’s behalf. Should taxpayer dollars be recovered, the whistleblower may be entitled to a percentage of the recovery.

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Whistleblower Alleges CHS Made Hundreds of Millions in False Claims

Two whistleblowers have accused Community Health Systems (CHS) of submitting hundreds of millions of dollars in false claims to the Department of Health and Human Services. According to the individuals, the company did this to receive payments from the federal government which were intended to be for “meaningful use of electronic health records.”

According to the lawsuit, CHS made it a priority for its hospitals to submit claims for incentive payments because they were an important source of revenue for the system, despite not meeting the requirements of the program.

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