Today we recognize those known as “whistleblowers” who are brave enough to report fraudulent government contract claims.
The False Claims Act, also known as the “Lincoln Law”, is a whistleblower statute that allows private citizens to bring qui tam lawsuits against entities that defraud the government. This Act empowers whistleblowers, also known as relators, to recover damages and penalties on the government’s behalf. This law also provides whistleblowers a reward of 15-30% of the government’s recovery as well as protection against retaliation.
The False Claims Act was enacted during the Civil War in response to fraud perpetrated by corporations that sold military supplies to the government. Through amendments in 1986, 2009 and 2010, the False Claims Act has enhanced the rewards and job protections for whistleblowers and the Act has become the government’s primary weapon for fighting fraud against the government.
Provost Umphrey Law Firm has a longstanding reputation of representing whistleblowers who have defrauded the government. This year attorney Michael Hamilton has resolved two qui tam cases with substantial recoveries for whistleblowers.
In January 2020, Hamilton represented a whistleblower who exposed $285,000 in fraudulent billing for services rendered by family nurse practitioners and in February 2020, he announced a $9.5 million settlement in a case involving home health care fraud.
Our firm has also successfully represented whistleblowers and the government’s interest in recovering:
- $57 Million for sale of defective military helicopter parts
- $25 Million for Medicare fraud
“While there are now more job protections and rewards in place for whistleblowers than before, it can be intimidating to blow the whistle on your employer, and it takes great courage and persistence,” says Hamilton. “We represent those that choose to do the right thing, the patriotic thing over bowing to government contractors who fraudulently claim taxpayer money.”
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