TYPES OF FRAUD
Medicare and other types of fraud against the Government are far too common in our country. The United States Department of Justice has been prosecuting health care fraud cases with increased frequency. Most whistleblower (or qui tam) cases are initially investigated by private attorneys, who first evaluate the type of fraud, review the regulations involved, and gather the necessary proof. Cases that can be proven are then filed under seal so that the Government can investigate the claims and decide whether to intervene.
Successful whistleblowers have recovered millions in settlement proceeds while protecting their employment rights or status. The Department of Justice has also been criminally prosecuting Medicare fraud and recently created a criminal Strike Force, focused on sending fraudulent actors to prison. As of 2012, this Strike Force alone has charged more than 1,300 defendants with criminal and related fraud charges.
WHAT TO DO…
If you suspect fraud, call our law firm or complete the online form for a free consultation with a whistleblower attorney. Your information will be kept confidential. Cases are prosecuted on a contingency basis, where the attorney will advance his/her time and costs, so you are not paying out of pocket to prosecute your case.
What a Whistleblower Lawyer Aids You With…
Whistleblowers play vital roles in exposing pharmaceutical fraud. In the past several years, billions of dollars have been collected from pharmaceutical companies and others for fraud related to the unlawful promotion, pricing and illegal marketing of drugs, etc. Whistleblowers who expose fraud not only protect themselves from potential prosecution, but they help ensure that pharmaceutical firms who violate the law are brought to justice.
Medicare fraud and other types of fraud against the Government are far too common in our country, particularly so in Northern Virginia and the Washington DC metro region. Someone who reports instances of fraud is known as a “whistleblower”, and often times whistleblowers will retain attorneys both to prosecute the fraud as well as to protect themselves from potential legal action.
False Claims Act
Under the False Claims Act, a person who learns of fraud being committed against the Government can file suit through his own privately retained attorney. The False Claims Act has a very detailed process for the filing and pursuit of these claims. The qui tam relator must be represented by an attorney. The qui tam complaint must, by law, be filed under seal, which means… Read On