Qui Tam

Qui Tam Attorneys in Corpus Christi

Fraud & the False Claims Act

The False Claims Act works to reward whistleblowers who help the government to recover funds that were distributed fraudulently, in instances like defense contractor fraud, Medicaid and Medicare fraud, and myriad other frauds that adversely affect the government. It also helps the government to recover monies that are stolen from taxpayers and the U.S. treasury, but it does not include securities violations and tax frauds – those are handled separately.

People who report these types of fraud (whistleblowers) frequently take risks that could adversely impact them personally and professionally – risks that they take willingly to stop frauds that can endanger countless others. The False Claims Act protects these whistleblowers, but because of the complexity of the lawsuits involved, it is important to seek legal counsel from a skilled attorney.

For experienced counsel and personalized guidance, contact the Corpus Christi qui tam attorneys at the Bandas Law Firm. We offer a free consultation to help you get started.

Anyone Can Sue

Under the terms of the False Claims Act, any citizen can sue a business or an individual that is working to defraud the U.S. government and can recover funds on behalf of the government. The person or business being sued will never be told who brought the action. Qui tam lawyers file the lawsuit, and the whistleblower’s identity is kept secret. If the case is successful, the whistleblower receives a reward.

It is possible for a whistleblower, with the assistance of his or her attorneys, to bring a lawsuit on his or her own, but it is generally more successful when the government joins. The government will work with the whistleblower’s lawyer to investigate the case, and then decide whether to proceed.

Sealed Proceedings

Under the provisions of the False Claims Act, a qui tam case is sealed for a period of 60 days. The seal can be extended repeatedly in order to allow the government enough time to investigate the allegations and then decide whether to join the case. Sometimes, these investigations can go on for years. During this time, the party being investigated will not even know about the qui tam case.

Frequently, though, the government will petition the court to lift the seal so that the allegations can be discussed with the accused person or entity, and the possibility of a settlement can be discussed. Most of the time, qui tam lawyers will settle the case and it will not go to trial. Sometimes, however, a trial may be necessary.

The Reward in Qui Tam Cases

In qui tam cases, the reward that the whistleblower receives will depend on a variety of factors, including how successful the whistleblower’s lawyers were in recovering the funds, either through settlement or a trial. Usually, the whistleblower will receive anywhere from 15% to 25% of the funds recovered if the government becomes involved. If the whistleblower pursues the case on his or her own, with the assistance of qui tam lawyers, the reward will be between 25% and 30% of the amount recovered.

The chances of succeeding in a qui tam case are, of course, significantly better with the assistance of qualified attorneys. If you or someone you know is considering becoming a whistleblower, we urge you to seek effective legal representation in order to protect your interests, preserve your anonymity, and ensure that you are appropriately rewarded for your actions on behalf of the United States government.

To learn more about this important matter, contact the Bandas Law Firm at (361) 238-2789. Our False Claim Act attorneys serve all of Texas and the U.S. from our offices in Corpus Christi.

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