Preventing Fraud Against the Government and Taxpayers
Preventing fraud is a matter of great significance to the federal government. Billions of dollars are wasted annually by companies and individuals defrauding the government.
To reduce this waste, the government counts on private citizens known as whistleblowers. Whistleblowers alert various government agencies to fraudulent activities and can be well compensated for the information they provide.
If you know of fraud that has been committed against the government, you can help. Call the lawyers of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz in Houston, Texas, today at 713-587-9668 (toll free 800-580-9121). During your free consultation, we will explain your legal rights and discuss the strength of your potential actions.
Rewards and Protections for Whistleblowers
To persuade individuals to come forward with information, the government can offer the whistleblower a reward. If you file a claim under the federal False Claims Act, you may be entitled to receive 15 to 25 percent of any amount the government recovers. Only the first person to file a claim is entitled to this reward.
Additionally, the federal False Claims Act establishes protections for whistleblowers. Specifically, whistleblowers are protected from discharge, demotion or other discrimination as a result of providing this information.
What Is a Qui Tam Action?
Qui tam, short for "qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur," is a Latin term meaning "he who sues on behalf of the king as well as for himself."
Qui tam actions allow individuals to bring legal claims on behalf of the government against individuals or companies that have defrauded the government. These so-called whistleblowers save taxpayers billions of dollars and are rewarded handsomely for their efforts.
Contact Trial Attorneys Experienced in Protecting Whistleblowers
If you know of fraud against the government, contact us online to discuss your legal options. From our offices in Houston, Texas, we protect whistleblowers nationwide. Call today at 713-587-9668 (toll free 800-580-9121).