Reporting Those Defrauding The Government

The whistleblower or qui tam provision of the False Claims Act allows a private citizen with information that a company has submitted fraudulent or false claims to the federal government to bring a lawsuit to recover the stolen funds. In addition to the federal False Claims Act, many states, including Rhode Island and Massachusetts, have enacted similar False Claims Act statutes.

The private citizen who brings a successful qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act is entitled to an award of between 15% and 30% of the funds recovered by the government. Whistleblowers have been rewarded millions of dollars.

Common Types Of Fraudulent And False Claims

  • Medicare and Medicaid billing fraud including:
    • Submitting false claims to Medicare or Medicaid
    • Submitting claims for unnecessary care, treatment, tests, medical devices or equipment
    • Overbilling, upcoding or unbundling services
    • Fraudulent cost reporting
    • Billing for services not provided
    • Failing to provide the required quality of care
    • Receiving or paying kickbacks
  • Government contracts
    • Defense/military contracts, including submitting claims for substandard or defective equipment and parts or foreign-made products
    • Government construction projects
    • Pharmaceutical fraud, including off-label promotion, overcharging the government
      and providing kickbacks to physicians
    • Federally subsidized or guaranteed loans and mortgages

If you believe that your employer is involved in defrauding the federal or state government and if you have reported the fraud and have been retaliated against, call the Law Offices of Louise A. Herman at 401-400-3839 or write to us for a free and secure consultation.