Qui tam lawsuits are a form of civil lawsuits, that whistleblowers can bring under the False Claims Act – which rewards whistleblowers if their qui tam case is able to recover funds for the government. Qui tam lawyers, can help whistleblowers help the government stop fraud – such as medicare and medicaid fraud, defense contractor fraud, and numerous other types of fraud that allows the government to recover billions which have been stolen from the US Treasury and taxpayers.
The False Claims Act rewards whistleblowers, whose qui tam lawsuits help the government recover funds. In addition qui tam lawsuits provide job protection to qui tam whistleblowers because of the risks that the whistleblowers take to expose and prevent fraud against the government. Raiser & Kenniff, PC, has immense experience handling qui tam whistleblower lawsuits. Once a person has evidence of fraud against the government, and chooses to blow the whistle – the person needs a lawyer to help him, or her. Research has to be done in order to make sure the qui tam case is won. The more successful the case is, the more money the whistleblower gets. Under the False Claims Act, a private citizen can sue an business whose defrauding the government, and can recover money on behalf of the government’s behalf. The qui tam lawsuit is filed under a seal, which means its kept secret from everyone except the government, which allows the Justice Department to investigate the allegations. Typically in qui tam cases, even the person being accused of fraud isn’t told about the case. The qui tam lawsuit, and all of the related documents, are provided to the government with information about the fraud. The government then investigates the allegations, with the help of our whistleblower attorneys, and will decide whether to “intervene,” into the case. Typically, the government only intervenes in a small % of qui tam lawsuits. The chances of success are much higher when the government joins the case.
The False Claims Act states a qui tam case is sealed for 60 days. Courts generally extend the seal many times, in order to give the government enough time to investigate the allegations, and whether to join the case. Often, the government will ask the court to partially lift the seal in order to discuss the allegations and settlements with the entity who is accused of fraud. Many qui tam cases are resolved through negotiations, rather than a court trial. Defendants who are found liable often have to pay 3 times the government’s losses, plus penalties, for each false claim.
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