Under the Federal Civil False Claims Act (31 U.S.C., Section 3729), private citizens can act on behalf of the federal or state government to bring an action against government contractors or any company that acts fraudulently with government funds. Under the False Claims Act, a qui tam lawsuit entitles individuals employed by the entity guilty of fraud to bring a lawsuit for fraud- related damages against the offending company.
If you uncover a situation where you believe the government is being defrauded, qui tam whistleblowers have the right to recover between 15 and 30 percent of the total amount recovered from the fraud lawsuit. The damages related to qui tam lawsuits can be substantial, as the party initiating the lawsuit can sue for triple the amount of actual fraud damages plus civil penalties ranging between $5,500 and $11,000 per claim.
The law requires you to act quickly. In many situations, only the first individual to file a claim will have a right to compensation.
Eric Allan Koch is experienced in cases involving whistleblower claims. With over 34 years of experience, he is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Ratings by his clients have earned him the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award for responsiveness, quality of service, communications ability, and overall value and the Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Gold Award.
If you are an employee of an organization that has intentionally defrauded the government out of money, contact us today for a free and confidential evaluation*.
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