Qui tam is a False Claims Act provision that allows individuals and organizations to report evidence of fraud against the federal government. The federal government relies on qui tam lawsuits to fight fraud, and it rewards individuals who report fraud, also called whistleblowers, for their efforts. Qui tam cases often involve issues like healthcare fraud, financial fraud, and defense contractor fraud. To date, qui tam lawsuits have helped the federal government recover billions of dollars.
Who can file a qui tam lawsuit?
Any person who has information about fraud against the government may file a qui tam lawsuit. Whistleblowers are often employees of companies that commit fraud, but this isn’t a requirement. A whistleblower may be any person who has information about fraudulent activity. Specifically, a whistleblower may file a qui tam lawsuit when he or she has information that an individual or entity has:
- Knowingly presented a false or fraudulent claim for approval or payment,
- Knowingly made, used, or caused to be used or made a false record or statement related to a false or fraudulent claim for payment, or
- Knowingly concealed or knowingly and improperly avoided or decreased an obligation to transmit or pay property or money to the government.
How much money can qui tam whistleblowers earn?
Under the False Claims Act, whistleblowers whose qui tam lawsuits are successful may be entitled to significant financial compensation. The federal government relies on whistleblowers for information, and it rewards them handsomely for their efforts. If the government decides to intervene in a qui tam lawsuit, and the case is successful, the whistleblower may be entitled to between 15 and 25 percent of the funds collected by the government. And if the government declines to intervene in a case, and the whistleblower is successful, he or she may be entitled to a reward of between 25 and 30 percent of the amount collected. The exact amount a whistleblower will receive in a qui tam lawsuit depends on a number of factors, including the quality of the information provided by the whistleblower and the effort made by the whistleblower and his or her qui tam whistleblower lawsuit attorney to help ensure that the qui tam case is a success.
File Your Qui Tam Lawsuit Today
If you have evidence or knowledge of fraud against the federal government and believe you may have a qui tam case, you need an experienced qui tam whistleblower lawsuit attorney on your side. Attorney Jeffrey Newman has extensive experience with qui tam claims, and he understands how to effectively and efficiently present your evidence to the government. However, if you wish to claim a financial reward, you must be the first person to report this information. Therefore, if you’re ready to file your qui tam lawsuit and potentially earn a substantial financial reward, please contact us as soon as possible.