Becoming a Whistleblower
It might start as a typical day in the office. Then something strikes you as odd or wrong. Maybe it’s a company practice or policy. Maybe it’s a discrepancy in some numbers. Or maybe it’s an email or a remark by a colleague. The next day, or the next week, you find yourself thinking about it, or still thinking about it, and you dig deeper. The more you learn, the more something seems wrong. You’ve come across what looks like fraud against the government.
Perhaps you notify higher ups. Maybe your concerns are not taken seriously. You might be told that you don’t understand, to just do your job, mind your own business, or “let sleeping dogs lie.” This reaction deepens your suspicions and frustration.
Most whistleblowers don’t start out intending to become whistleblowers. And the choice can be a difficult one. Not everyone has the courage. Denial and avoidance are often easier. But typically, those who decide to become whistleblowers feel morally compelled to speak out. They are simply unwilling to participate in a cover-up, condone or perpetuate lies, ignore illegality or dangers to the public, or turn a blind eye to profiteers and fraudsters committing scams at the taxpayers’ expense.
The False Claims Act and similar state laws give you a way to report fraud against the government. These laws also have provisions to protect you and to encourage lawyers in the private sector to represent you on a contingency, to save you attorney’s fees. Check out our Qui Tam Law FAQ to learn more.
Not everything that looks like a fraud is fraud — or against the law. There are plenty of regulatory violations, and a lot of waste and mismanagement by government contractors, that, while wrong, are neither fraudulent nor a valid basis for claiming a violation of federal or state false claims acts.
Identifying actionable false claims requires knowing not just the facts but also the law. Proving a violation of the False Claims Act, or similar state laws, requires coming up with the right evidence and lots of it. Most potential whistleblowers need help to evaluate their claims and their options properly.
For more than twenty years, our lawyers have helped whistleblowers evaluate and pursue their claims. It’s our passion and our business. We stand with you. We fight for you. And our record testifies to the success of our approach.
To learn more, check out our Checklist for Whistleblowers.
If you have knowledge and solid evidence of fraud or false claims against the government, please contact our whistleblower lawyers.
Consultations are free and confidential.