Because of the federal government’s size and the amount of money it can bring to bear on certain problems, it is a tempting target for fraudsters. The False Claims Act, initially passed during the Civil War, imposes financial penalties on companies that defraud federal programs.
It is the government’s chief weapon against fraudsters, and it is also the chief way by which whistleblowers protect taxpayer money. Our Atlanta qui tam lawyers are intimately familiar with the details of the False Claims Act and how it might apply to your situation.
Under the FCA, whistleblowers can bring qui tam claims on behalf of the government against those who have defrauded the public, even if the whistleblower (formally called a “relator”) as no relation to the government. The Department Of Justice has 60 days after the filing of a qui tam suit to determine whether or not to proceed with the case.
As an inducement for whistleblowing, relators are given a percentage (usually between 15 and 25 percent) of any recovered damages. Our whistleblower attorneys will ensure that someone is looking out for your rights during the legal process.
If you’re an Atlanta, Georgia resident with questions about the False Claims Act for our qui tam attorneys, please call Lourie, Chance, Forlines, Carter & King, PC today at 404-760-7400 or contact us online for a free consultation.