As a tax paying American citizen, does the fraudulent abuse of government benefit programs anger you? Has your own employer engaged in fraud against the United States government? Would you stand up to injustice and expose your employer’s behavior? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be considering filing a Qui tam whistleblower lawsuit under the federal False Claims Act.
From its earliest Civil War origins, the False Claims Act has targeted fraud and abuse in government programs. Knowingly submitting a false government claim for benefits, or doing so in deliberate ignorance or in reckless disregard for the truth, will result in a violation of the False Claims Act. Violators of the False Claims Act may be responsible for paying up to three times the amount of government damages and significant civil penalties.
When private corporations submit false claims to government benefit programs, such as Medicare or Medicaid, taxpayers are the true victims. Many brave individuals choose to stand up for the rights of all taxpayers by becoming “whistleblowers.” To encourage private individuals to report on the injustice of government fraud and abuse, the False Claims Act includes “Qui tam” or “whistleblower” provisions. When filing a False Claims Act lawsuit, plaintiffs receive protection from retaliation as well as monetary rewards for assisting the government in retrieving stolen government funds.
In the next part of our series on Qui tam whistleblower claims, we will further highlight the significance of the Qui tam or whistleblower protection afforded under the False Claims Act.
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If you are considering filing a Qui tam claim under the False Claims Act, you should speak to the experienced Philadelphia employment law attorneys at Sidney L. Gold & Associates about all your litigation options. With offices conveniently located in Center City, Philadelphia we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information about Qui tam lawsuits, call the Philadelphia employment attorneys at Sidney L. Gold & Associates today at 215-569-1999 or contact us online.