Whistleblower Claims & Qui Tam
The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3729, et. seq., provides penalties for anyone who knowingly submits or causes the submission of false or fraudulent claims to the United States. First passed in the mid-1800s, the Act includes an ancient legal device call a "qui tam" provision that allows a private citizen, known as a "relator," to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the United States, where the citizen has information that a party has knowingly submitted or caused the submission of false or fraudulent claims to the United States. Examples of False Claim Act violations include Medicare fraud, Medicaid fraud, and defense contractor fraud.
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. actively pursues claims on behalf of relators who have information of alleged fraud against the United States. The relator need not have been personally harmed by the conduct and, as a form of incentive, relators may obtain compensation for having uncovered the fraud.
If you believe that you have information relating to the submission of false or fraudulent claims to the United States, please contact us to speak with an attorney experienced in qui tam matters.