"If you are considering bringing a Whistleblower case - you need to know the facts of life. We give it to you straight. No sugar added. No lawyer talk, no double talk. Just good old fashioned, unsweetened truth." San Diego Whistleblower Attorney Bill Turley
What is a Whistleblower?
A whistleblower is a person who tells the public or someone in authority about alleged dishonest or illegal activities occurring in a government department or private company or organization.
How To Win A False Claims Act Lawsuit
In a Whistleblower case, a private citizen (read: you, the whistleblower) who knows of fraud committed against the government may, through his own lawyers, file a Qui Tam lawsuit to recover the losses caused by the government fraud. The False Claims Act provides huge financial incentives to citizen whistleblowers to retain attorneys and prosecute these lawsuits and fight government fraud.
What does “Qui Tam” mean?
Qui tam is short for "qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur," which means "who pursues this action on our Lord the King's behalf as well as his own." Which, of course, is a Qui Tam lawsuit. Meaning, you file a lawsuit to protect the United States Government’s interests.
Don’t Dilly Dally with Your False Claims Act Lawsuit
The statute of limitations for filing a False Claims Act lawsuit can be as short as six years. The opportunity for you to bring a false claims action may be cut off if someone else publicizes the illegal conduct which is at issue, files a False Claims Act lawsuit making similar charges or otherwise spurs the government into action before you file suit. If you know of any impending events that might preempt your claim, you should tell us immediately. The payout to you for successfully bringing a government contractor whistleblower case can be huge.
Waste Fraud and Abuse
Some reports estimate almost 10% of the United States annual budget is paid to companies or persons who are defrauding the government. We have seen this time and again by government contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, for example. But Qui Tam cases can be must closer to home. For example, in local shipbuilding fraud, Medicare fraud and the like.
There is probably a Qui Tam case each time someone (more usually, companies) rip-off the U.S. Government.
Such as: Government contractors overcharging the government for products sold to the government; submitting vouchers billing the government for services which they never provided; or over-billing for services provided.
The False Claims Act covers a wide variety of situations in addition to overcharging or billing for property or services not delivered by defense contractors. The abuse has been rampant.
What To Do?
If you have insider information about defense contractor fraud, you need to immediately contact a San Diego Whistleblower Lawyer. First, you will help bring these companies that defrauded the United States Government to justice. Second, you may be entitled to a huge bounty, so to speak, for helping the Government recover their money.
Bringing a Whistleblower case is not only the right thing to do - - it can make you a lot of money by doing the right thing. You may recover up to 15 percent to 25 percent of what the government recovers!
You Have To Be An Original Source
The False Claims Act, prohibits false or fraudulent claims for payment to the United States, and authorizes civil actions to remedy such fraud to be brought by the Attorney General, or by private individuals in the Government's name. The Act provides, however, that no court shall have jurisdiction over a Qui Tam action based upon the public disclosure of allegations or transactions from the news media, unless the action is brought by the Attorney General or the person bringing the action is an original source of the information.
An "original source" is an individual who has direct and independent knowledge of the information on which the allegations are based and has voluntarily provided the information to the Government before filing a False Claims Act case.
And you have to have not divulged the information to the public. Meaning, don’t post anything on Facebook or Twitter and the like. You have to keep it a secret.
Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley