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Orlando Qui Tam Lawyers Representing Whistleblowers in Central Florida and Across the Nation
Are you considering reporting Medicare or Medicare Fraud? Do you know of anyone committing tax fraud?
Federal law provides a way for average citizens to fulfill their duty to report fraud such as tax fraud, government contract fraud and fraud and abuse involving federally funded programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, Educational Grants and other programs funded with tax-payer dollars
The person who “blows the whistle” on this fraud literally brings the action on behalf of the United States government, and the whistleblower is entitled to compensation when the government recovers taxpayer money that has been stolen by unscrupulous businesses.
The False Claims Act Protects and Rewards Whistleblowers
The Whistleblower, or Qui Tam, statute dates back to 1863 and was designed to combat fraud in Union contracts during the Civil War. In 1986, Congress modernized the Whistleblower statute, now called the False Claims Act, to make it the government’s primary tool to combat fraud. Individuals who report government-program fraud bring the lawsuit on behalf of the government.
False Claims Act lawsuits are filed under seal, meaning in secret, along with a disclosure statement detailing the evidence collected by the whistleblower. The Department of Justice reviews the evidence contained in the disclosure and decides whether it will step in and take over responsibility for prosecuting the civil case. The whistleblower, also called a “relator,” works closely with the government’s procurement fraud investigators by helping the investigators identify those responsible for the fraud and by pointing out relevant evidence of the fraud. If the government is successful in recovering money, the whistleblower is entitled to between 15 to 25% of the recovery. Whistleblowers must follow the first-to-file rule, which means that he/she needs to be the first person to file a case under the False Claims Act in order to be entitled to a whistleblower reward.
Types of Whistleblowing or Qui Tam Cases
The False Claims Act allows citizens to report fraud committed by individuals and companies against the government. There are many ways in which the government can be defrauded, among them:
- Government contractor fraud
- Healthcare fraud
- Medicare fraud
- Medicaid fraud
- Social Security fraud
- Tax fraud
- Educational grants
Whistleblower or Qui Tam Actions – Attorney’s Role
Since the relator or whistleblower works closely with the Department of Justice, it is important to retain an experienced Qui Tam lawyer who understands the Department of Justice and who has experience complying with the False Claims Act’s requirements. The whistleblower’s attorney drafts the lawsuit, prepares the disclosure statement, represents the whistleblower at all meetings with the United States Attorney’s Office and assists the government in prosecuting the claim. The whistleblower’s lawyer is paid on a contingency fee basis after the case is successfully prosecuted.
Our Orlando Law Firm have a lot of experience representing whistleblowers. Call us today for highly experienced legal representation!
Contact our Orlando, Florida based Whistleblower Lawyers
Please contact the highly experienced Orlando law firm Overchuck & Associate. P.A. if you believe you have uncovered evidence of fraud involving a government-funded program. Our Central Florida whistleblower attorneys have represented many clients in the past with qui tam (false claims) cases and will work tireless to obtain the best results on your behalf. Call us today at 407-872-6222 or fill out our online form for a free evaluation of your case. We respect your privacy and will keep your information confidential.
Overchuck & Associate, P.A.
1503 West Smith Street
Orlando, FL 32804
Toll Free: 1-888-720-6222