Government Contractor Fraud Whistleblower Reward

Government Contractor Fraud Whistleblower Rewards Can Be Earned Under Military Contractor Fraud, Construction Contractor Fraud, and Procurement Contract Fraud

by Government Contractor Fraud Whistleblower Reward Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Federal Government Whistleblower Reward Laws offer large financial rewards to whistleblowers who expose significant fraud.  To date these laws have paid over $3 Billion to whistleblowers for exposing fraud against the government.  Common types of government contractor fraud include military contractor fraud, road construction fraud, HUD fraud, and FEMA fraud. Additionally, grant fraud, loan fraud, defense contractor fraud, patent fraud, and government procurement fraud can be the basis of these suits.

For more information on Government Contractor Fraud Whistleblower Reward Lawsuits, please feel free to contact Whistleblower Reward Lawyer and Bounty Action Lawyer, Jason S. Coomer via e-mail message or use our Submission Form.

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Procurement Fraud Whistleblowers, Defense Contractor Fraud Whistleblowers, and other Government Contractor Fraud Whistleblowers With Original Evidence of Fraud,
Can File Claims and Receive Large Rewards

The Federal Government originally enacted Whistleblower Reward Laws to encourage citizens to expose fraud committed by military contractors.  However, these laws have been significantly expanded and strengthened to include several different types of fraud. More specifically, these targeted fraud schemes include construction fraud, procurement fraud, HUD fraud, FEMA fraud, student loan fraud, Medicare fraud, and grant fraud.  These laws are designed not only to reward and protect whistleblowers but to expose corruption. Further, these laws target government contractors who price gouge, provide defective products, or seek payment of services that were not provided. The laws also target contractors who provide false information to the government for the purpose of falsely claiming payments, benefits, grants, or government contracts.

The Federal False Claims Act FFCA and Qui Tam Claims

These Whistleblower Reward Laws are part of the Federal False Claims Act. The FFCA encourages whistleblowers who are aware of and have specialized knowledge of significant fraud against the government to report the fraud. For their efforts, the whistleblower  receives from 15% to 30% of the money recovered by the government. 

As the citizen is standing in the shoes of the government under the Federal False Claims Act, claims made under the Act are often referred to as “Qui Tam Claims”.  The term qui tam is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase “qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur”. The terms translate to  “he who sues in this matter for the king as well as for himself”.  As many United States laws are based on English common law and the United States is a democracy, the whistleblower is filing a claim for the people of the United States and the whistleblower.  

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Whistleblower Protection Laws

Whistleblower protection laws serve to prevent an employer from engaging in retaliatory conduct. More specifically, these laws deter employers who make disparaging and defamatory comments about whistleblowers. The laws also prevent demoting whistleblowers and casting whistleblowers as troublemakers. The laws also protect whistleblowers from employers suspending suspected whistleblowers, reducing or cutting pay, transferring the whistleblower, and denying the whistleblower promotions. They also prevent employers from denying the whistleblower benefits, terminating the whistleblower on false charges, and unlawfully releasing personal information about the whistleblower.  Further, the legislation prevents employers isolating the whistleblower from other employees or information, and threatening the whistleblower. Overall, an individual who has blown the whistle on fraudulent conduct typically has several legal protections.

There are a variety of types of whistleblower protection statutes that may apply to a particular whistleblower action. The main goal of these statutes is to offer protection to whistleblowers who stand up to corporations. These whistleblowers expose hard to detect crime and fraud. Further, they expose senior executives who are fraudulently steal from the United States. They also expose corruption and violations of health and safety laws.

Employee Whistleblower Recovery Laws Help Protect The United States and State Governments From Large Scale Fraud and Corruption 

Employee whistleblower recovery laws in the United States have been recently passed and strengthened to encourage employees with specialized knowledge of fraud to blow the whistle on significant fraud. These employee whistleblower recovery laws provide strong whistleblower protections and large economic incentives to employee whistleblowers. For more information on Employee Whistleblower Laws, please go to the following web page, Employee Whistleblower Award & Recovery Lawsuits.

Qui Tam Actions and Bounty Actions Create Economic Incentives through Whistleblower Recovery Laws that are Extremely Effective in Exposing and Preventing Fraud Against the Government as well as other Unlawful Conduct

Offering large financial awards and economic incentives to persons with knowledge of crimes and criminals is effective.  Traditionally, bounties and rewards have been an extremely effective method of identifying unlawful conduct, crimes, and criminals. When the government offers the economic reward to private citizens for exposing fraud against the government, such actions are called “qui tam actions”. In these actions, the plaintiff sues on their own behalf as well for the government and taxpayers.

The qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act are based on the Reward Theory. The theory states that one of the least expensive and most effective means of preventing fraud is through public rewards. More specifically, the government makes perpetrators of government fraud liable to actions by private persons. The private citizens act under the strong stimulus of economic benefit as well as patriotic duty, personal ill will, and/or strong personal ethics.

Public Policy Behind Whistleblower Reward Laws and Bounty Actions 

The strong public policy behind whistleblower Reward laws is they are effective in detecting fraud.  In other words, several fraud schemes are difficult to detect without specialized information. Typically, this specialized information is only known to specific professionals or key people.

By offering large financial rewards to whistleblowers, the government is significantly more likely to learn of fraud. Further, persons in certain positions with specialized knowledge of fraud often expose significant fraud if there is a Reward. This incentive helps the government detect Medicare fraud, Medicaid fraud, and defense contractor fraud. More recently, the government is also using bounty actions to detect investment fraud, foreign business fraud, and tax fraud. Congress has made it clear that creating these financial incentives is beneficial. The laws help the government, taxpayers, and the realtor. The laws efficient and effectively help regulate government and prevent fraudulent schemes.

A central purpose of whistleblower reward laws is to supplement government regulation. More specifically, the laws efficiently detect fraud. The incentives help the government detect fraud by encouraging whistleblowers with specialized knowledge of significant fraud to blow the whistle.

Bounty Actions Also Help Expose Fraud and Corruption

The recent enactment bounty actions also help detect fraud. These financial fraud whistleblower reward laws are response to large scale fraud that almost collapsed the world financial markets. These new bounty actions work under the same premise as extremely successful qui tam whisleblower reward laws.

By encouraging private citizens with specialized knowledge of financial fraud, the government is seeking to deter investment fraud, securities fraud, SEC violations, retirement fund fraud, corporate malfeasance, violations of the foreign corrupt practices act, and other forms of financial fraud by offering rewards or bounties to persons that properly expose this fraud.

For more information on whistleblower reward lawsuits, please go to the following web page on Whistleblower Recovery Lawsuits

History of Whistleblowers Lawsuits, Government Fraud Lawsuits, and Qui Tam Lawsuits

Governments have long had trouble with unscrupulous government contractors defrauding the government. More specifically, fraudulent contractors commonly provide defective goods, over bill services, and seek payment for goods and services never provided. The solution that many governments use is to set up Reward to expose fraud. These rewards create economic incentives for whistleblowers with inside information of fraud to expose government fraud schemes.

Qui tam actions were used in the 13th century England as a way to enforce the King’s laws. These actions have existed in the United States since colonial times. More specifically, the first U.S. Congress used Reward Laws to detect fraud when the new government had virtually no law enforcement officers.

During the Civil War, corrupt military contractors defrauded the United States Army out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. This fraud put troops at risk by supplying troops with defective products and faulty war equipment. Illegal price gouging was a common practice and the armed forces of the United States suffered. In response, Abraham Lincoln enacted the Federal Civil False Claims Act. A key provision of the act was known as qui tam.

The government strengthened this Act in 1986 to detect healthcare fraud and other contractor fraud. Since 1986, the government constantly uses these laws to detect fraud schemes. Further, through these laws billions of dollars in fraudulent schemes have been stopped. For their efforts citizens receive billions in rewards. For taxpayers, these laws prevent billions in contractor price gouging and fraud. Taxpayers save hundreds of billions of dollars through these laws.

Whistleblower Reward Laws Include Several Different Laws including the Federal False Claims Act Lawyer, IRS Whistleblower Reward Laws, and  SEC/CFTC Bounty Actions

Under Federal law, whistleblower recoveries come through four different whistleblower recovery laws. Federal False Claims Act is the oldest of the laws and under this law the Federal Government has brought in approximately $30 Billion.

Under this law successful whistleblowers have been awarded over $3 Billion and these whistleblower rewards are expected to continue to expand as many states are enacting their own false claims act laws. The Federal False Claims Act was recently amended by the Federal Enforcement and Recovery Act (FERA) including expanding the reach of the Federal False Claims Act to include subcontractors working under a government contractor and other parties working with government contractors. The Federal False Claims Act was also expanded protection for employee whistleblowers.

States have also been encouraged through economic incentives to enact their own Medicaid False Claims Act whistleblower recovery laws. These state whistleblower recovery laws must be at least as strong as the Federal False Claims Act whistleblower reward laws for the state to receive the increased economic benefits from the Federal Medicaid Fraud Recovery Program.

Qui Tam Whistleblower Reward Lawsuits and Bounty Action Whistleblower Reward Lawsuits by Qui Tam Whistleblower Reward Lawyer, Federal False Claims Act Lawyer, and Bounty Action Whistleblower Reward Lawyer

Through Qui Tam Whistleblower Reward Lawsuits billions of dollars have recovered from fraudulent government contractors that have stolen large amounts of money from the government and taxpayers. It is extremely important that Whistleblowers continue to expose fraudulent billing practices and corruption that cost billions of dollars.

If you are aware of a large government contractor that is defrauding the United States Government out of millions or billions of dollars, contact Qui Tam Whistleblower Reward Lawyer and Bounty Action Whistleblower Reward Lawyer, Jason Coomer via email message or use our Submission Form. As a Texas Whistle Blower Lawyer, he works with other powerful qui tam lawyers that handle large Government Fraud cases. He works with San Antonio Whistleblower Lawyers, Dallas Whistleblower Lawyers, Houston Government Fraud Lawyers, and other Texas Whistleblower Lawyers as well as with Whistleblower Lawyers throughout the nation to blow the whistle on fraud that hurts the United States and taxpayers.