Have you witnessed fraud against the government?
In the last few years, there has been
an increase in the number of cases filed by whistleblowers--people
who have information that fraudulent claims for payment have been
made or are being made to programs paid for by the government.
Other whistleblowers have information about securities fraud
or tax fraud. Often, though not always, the whistleblower
learns of the fraud through his/her employment. Where a
payment from the government is involved, the programs at issue can
be paid for by the United States government or a state government
or sometimes both.
Do I have enough information to file a Whistleblower/False
Claims Act Claim?
Whether the payment is in fact fraudulent and a proper basis for
a false claims action is not always clear. An
experienced false claims act lawyer can
analyze the information you have to see if you have adequate
information. An experienced false claims act attorney can
also consider whether it is of the type needed to file a false
claim case. For example, not every piece of false information
is enough to claim fraud against
the government and file a whistleblower case. The false
information on which the claim is based must be material. In
very general terms, that means the falsity is something the
government would care about. Put another way, there must be
consideration of whether the government would have paid the claim
even if had it known the information was false before the claim was
Whether your claim is related to a government payment, tax fraud
or securities fraud, an attorney who has handled false claims action will
help present your claim in the best possible way.
Berger & Montague Has Intake Procedures to Protect
Whistleblower Client Confidentiality
In response to a phone call or contact through the Berger &
Montague website, an attorney or paralegal will contact you to get
necessary information about the fraud you have observed. From
this very beginning stage, we are sensitive to your need for
privacy and confidentiality, both to protect you and to avoid
disclosures that could adversely impact your potential
When you leave contact information either in a voicemail message
or through the website, please indicate whether it is OK for
someone to call back and identify him or herself as a lawyer.
Think about whether you are leaving a work number, or work email
address, or other means of contacting you that might be viewed by
other people. If you get a response back that seems a bit
vague, without even mentioning the name of our law firm, or the
nature of the call, remember that we are just being sensitive about
discussing issues or leaving messages. It is critical
for people to come forward in protection of government funds that
are being falsely collected, so we strive to provide as much
whistleblower protection as we can to the people who take that
initiative. Whether you are blowing the whistle against a
current employer, or a customer, or a supplier, we aim to avoid
those little slips that lead to someone questioning you about your
contacts with us. The attorneys at Berger & Montague will
be happy to discuss with you the entire process of
investigating and filing a qui tam suit in as discreet a
fashion as possible in each instance.
Contact Us To Learn More
If you have discovered evidence of government fraud,
contact an experienced False Claims Act attorney before blowing the
whistle. You may be entitled to a substantial reward and the legal
protections afforded to whistleblowers under state and federal
laws. The attorneys of Berger & Montague are nationally
recognized experts in Whistleblower/Qui Tam actions with over a
decade of experience pursuing these complex fraud cases. For more
information or to schedule your confidential consultation, use the
form on this page or call us at 1-800-424-6690.
For further reading:
Whistleblower Lawyers & The Dodd-Frank Act
Life of a Qui Tam Lawsuit & Why You Want the Government to
What is the
False Claims Act?
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: False Claims Act
Broadens for Qui Tam Relators
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