If you know of an act of fraud being committed against the government, then you have the power to file a claim against the person committing the fraud. The False Claims Act allows you to file such whistleblower claims while receiving certain protections and with a guarantee of entitlement to a portion of any compensation that is recovered.
Whistleblower cases absolutely require the representation of a lawyer who knows the False Claims Act inside and out, and who has extensive experience handling these types of claims. At McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, we can handle your case aggressively, adeptly and swiftly. For a free case evaluation, please call us at 888-353-5513.
What is a Qui Tam Case?
A Qui Tam case involves someone filing a lawsuit on behalf of the government, alleging fraud against the government. The foundation of your claim is that the government is suffering losses because someone is committing fraud against them, typically with some type of false claim they are submitting to the government. These cases can be complex, and only an experienced attorney can determine if you fall within the category of this type of law.
People who work for the entity committing the fraud often file these whistleblower claims, although that’s not always the case. Regardless of your relationship with the party committing fraud, if you know that fraudulent activity is taking place, then the False Claims Act provides a means and an incentive for blowing the whistle. Under the Act, you can receive as much as 15 percent or more of any compensatory damages recovered in your case. The exact amount you recover will depend on several factors, including whether the government decides to intervene and participate in your case after their initial investigation.
Claims of Fraud against the Government
There are many different ways fraud can be committed against the government. Sometimes these cases involve Medicare or Medicaid or military contracts. Virtually any type of service, contract, or program the government is funding can be a source of fraudulent activity. Some examples of fraud perpetrated against the government include:
- Double billing
- Billing for services not performed
- Inaccurate coding of services performed
- Billing for certain premium treatments, equipment, or services that were not used
- Submitting falsified records or results
These are just a few examples, and there are many other situations that could be fraudulent. If you have knowledge of a false claim that is defrauding the government, you should consult our attorneys right away.
If you live in or around Sumter, Camden, Newberry, Orangeburg, Aiken, or Columbia, South Carolina, and think you may have a whistleblower case under the False Claims Act, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates for a free case evaluation and to find out how our experienced attorneys can help you.