If you suspect that your employer is engaging in fraud against the state or federal government, you can help recover money owed to the government and can receive up to 30 percent of the government's recovery.
The federal False Claims Act and the California False Claims Act were enacted to help individuals protect the government from fraud.
Some common examples of False Claims Act violations are:
- Hospitals billing for unnecessary services, for services not rendered, or for products not delivered.
- Nursing Home or Hospice Care facilities who inflate the cost of services.
- Government contractors who fail to disclose noncompliance in order to win or maintain government contracts.
- Regulated company making false statements during the course of an audit or examination that would reduce the money it owes to the government.
- Any company who holds on to money or property belonging to or owed to the government.
It takes a tremendous courage to report corruption against your employer. For that reason, whistleblowers who file a qui tam lawsuit, or provide testimony in support of a qui tame lawsuit, are protected from employer retaliation.