The Types of Cases that are Handled by Whistleblower Advocates Law Firm/h2>
Whistleblower Advocates Law Firm can help clients who want to file lawsuits with regard to information about fraudulent activities that have affected a government agency. The clients may know about false claims for payments from a government program, false documents that have been used to receive or to make payments, attempts to avoid returning money, attempts to conceal an obligation for returning money or for making payments, conspiracy to defraud a government program and also about attempts to fraudulently change the amount of money that should be returned to a government agency. The false claims could include money and also property such as office furniture or hand tools.
The False Claims Act is a US federal law that permits the prosecution of companies and individuals who have defrauded government programs. The term “qui tam” is a legal term that is used to refer to a lawsuit that has been filed by a group or an individual who has filed the lawsuit against a company or a person who has defrauded a government program. The individual who files the lawsuit can be entitled to a bounty, which is usually a percentage of the imposed penalty that will be paid as a settlement from the company or the person who has committed fraud.
Types of Fraudulent Activities
There are several government agencies and many government employees, which increases the risk for fraudulent activities. There could be false claims for services that were never provided such as for false labor expenses for inspecting a roadway system. Clients may also know about contractors who pay bribes, who use double billing to collect multiple payments or about vendors who have provided defective products. Some contractors may use incorrect codes to increase the amount of a payment such as for an expense that was not covered by a contract.
There is fierce competition in the marketplace, which can prompt contractors to actively attempt to control the outcome of the bidding process for a government project. The contractor could submit a bid that had been calculated with confidential information about the other bids. There could be collusion with several individuals who will ultimately receive kickback payments if a specific contractor is given the contract for a project. Contractors could also violate the conditions of a contract and use substandard materials.
Government agencies receive supplies from vendors such as reams of paper and packages of ink pens. The business offices are furnished with desks, lamps, chairs, computers and copiers. The bills from the vendors could include inflated prices for the lamps and also amounts for desks that had never been delivered. If an agency needs to have 600 desks, the agency manager may not notice that 10 desks were missing from the delivery unless the desks had been numbered by the manager. Fraud can be easily concealed with huge purchases.
The actions of a client will benefit the public and will also help to control the amount of government expenditures. There are certain risks that are connected with winning a qui tam lawsuit because the case must be proven with valid evidence. The evidence must be information that has not been publicly disclosed. The client must be the first person who has filed a lawsuit about the fraud. The bounty will not be shared among several individuals who have filed separate lawsuits.
Attorneys who handle a qui tam lawsuit for a client must be experienced with the different facets of the False Claims Act. The client and the attorney will have a very important professional relationship because the outcome of the lawsuit will rely upon the accuracy of the information that has been provided by the client. The area of qui tam law is a specialized area. The cases are presented in a specialized format and could be won or lost based upon the public opinion about the integrity of the attorneys.