False Claims Act

The False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. §§ 3729–3733, also called the "Lincoln Law") is an American federal law that imposes liability on persons and companies (typically federal contractors) who defraud governmental programs. It is the federal Government’s primary tool in combating fraud against the Government. Today, over 70 percent of all federal Government FCA actions are initiated by whistleblowers. The law includes a "qui tam" provision that allows people who are not affiliated with the government to file actions on behalf of the government (informally called "whistleblowing"). Persons filing under the Act stand to receive a portion (usually about 15–25 percent) of any recovered damages.
Posts about False Claims Act
  • Whistleblower Suit Against Quicken Loans Proceeds

    … appraisers and underwriters to fudge numbers simply to close loans. They say he has defrauded taxpayers of millions of dollars. In April of 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Quicken Loans under the False Claims Act, a Civil War anti-fraud statute. The government wants Quicken to pay tens of millions in fines and penalties. According…

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  • United Airlines Gets Millions of Gov’t $$$ – Aviation Whistleblower Post

    … United Airlines is best today known for its poor customer service, inhumane treatment of overbooked passengers and destroying checked bags. A series of bad press and YouTube videos has finally got Congress interested in how the airline conducts its commercial passenger operations. As we reported earlier, however, United Airlines gets much of its…

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  • False Claims Act 101 – Intervened Cases vs Declined Cases

    …, whistleblowers and their lawyers have made tens of millions of dollars from these cases. This post discusses the difference between a declined and intervened cases. We are writing this post after a reader asked what does it mean when the government “intervenes.” Great question. First a tiny bit of history. The False Claims Act was enacted during the U.S…

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  • Fairness in Class Actions Bill Anything But…

    … We try hard to keep politics out of this blog. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, claim no affiliation or belong to another party, most of us agree that fraud, greed and corruption is bad. As a leading plaintiff’s law firm, we have successfully prosecuted False Claims Act whistleblower cases under both Republican and Democratic…

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  • Fairness in Class Actions Bill Anything But…

    … We try hard to keep politics out of this blog. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, claim no affiliation or belong to another party, most of us agree that fraud, greed and corruption is bad. As a leading plaintiff’s law firm, we have successfully prosecuted False Claims Act whistleblower cases under both Republican and Democratic…

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  • My Government Whistleblower Case Was Declined, Now What?

    … No one wants to that their whistleblower case was declined. Yet it happens with most cases. On average, the Justice Department only intervenes in 20% of the False Claims Act cases filed. That means your odds in winning through government intervention are 1:5. (The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1:292,200,000!) Most folks that file…

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  • Prime Pediatrics Dalton GA (New Medicaid Fraud Investigation)

    … or physician decides to defraud Medicaid, it is common to see multiple types of fraud taking place. Whistleblower Awards for Medicaid Fraud If Prime Pediatrics is double billing, substantial whistleblower awards may be available. The federal False Claims Act pays awards to people with inside information about fraud involving federally funded healthcare…

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  • Doc Injects Patients with Poison in Shocking Medicare Fraud Plot

    … no compassion for medical providers that rip off Medicare and Medicaid, we have zero tolerance and understanding for those that harm patients. They are monsters. According to court records, Lipkin falls into the latter category. Lipkin’s Medicare Fraud According to Manhattan’s U.S. Attorney, “[Lipkin] was a primary participant in a massive…

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  • Military, Private Security & Private Military Contractor Whistleblowers

    … about fraud to earn cash awards. The information must relate to private contractors or vendors that are misusing government funds. Generally, only the first to report is eligible for an award although there are a few exceptions. The law that pays whistleblowers is called the False Claims Act and it pays between 15% and 30% of whatever…

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  • Whistleblower Awards, CFPB & Loan Officer Compensation

    … insiders hoping to clean up dishonest and fraudulent lending practices. It’s hard for an honest loan originator to make a living when so many others are cutting corners and writing bad loans. The federal False Claims Act allows people with “original source” inside information about fraud to collect an award. The information must relate to loans…

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  • Tenet Exec INDICTED (Tenet Healthcare Whistleblower Post)

    … hospital CFO got the ball rolling when he filed a claim under the federal False Claims Act. Passed in 1863, the False Claims Act allows ordinary people to file claims in the name of the U.S. government in Medicare and Medicaid fraud cases. (29 states have a similar law that pays even more money when state Medicaid dollars are abused.) To claim…

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  • Big Pharma Wants Your Hearts, Minds and Wallets (Pharma Whistleblower)

    … are one of the tens of thousands of people working in the industry or a healthcare provider, read on. You may be eligible for an award. False Claims Act and Pharma Whistleblower Awards The False Claims Act is a Civil War era anti-fraud law that is still on the books and more powerful than ever. Under the Act, whistleblowers with inside information…

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  • MassHealth Fraud Lawyer – 2016 In Review

    … are so low. Absent a hot tip, the fraud investigators must rely on auditors to find overpayments and waste. Unfortunately, auditors nationwide are only able to review one half of one percent of all providers each year. Massachusetts False Claims Act and Whistleblower Awards Massachusetts is one of 29 states with a Medicaid fraud whistleblower award law…

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  • Whistleblower News Review

    … lawyer Brian Mahany opens his informative and entertaining book on whistleblowers with a section entitled “The Whistleblower’s Toolbox.” In clear and unambiguous language, it explains in detail all the basic legislation regulating the actions of whistleblowers in America. Brian Mahany’s account of the earliest precedents of the False Claims Act…

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