An employee who knows that his or her employer is defrauding the government can file a lawsuit to uncover the fraud, and may be entitled to a percentage of the government’s recovery.
This type of lawsuit is known as a “qui tam” suit, and may also be referred to as a “false claims” action because federal qui tam cases are governed by the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 et seq.
Qui tam whistleblower cases are most common in industries that regularly do business with the government, such as defense contractors who supply the military, and medical service providers who treat Medicare and Medicaid patients.
For example, a hospital employee who notices Medicare invoices for procedures that were never actually performed may file a qui tam action against the hospital. In that scenario, if the government is able to recover money from the hospital, the employee may receive a percentage. If the fraud has been ongoing for a long period of time, the employee’s recovery may be substantial.
If you have reason to believe that your employer is defrauding the government, contact us to discuss how to protect your rights. Contact The Rubin Law Corporation of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills today by calling us at 310-385-0777, or you can schedule a consultation with an attorney via e-mail.