Whistleblowers play an important public service by speaking up and reporting fraud against the government. However, this can be an intimidating task.
The whistleblower attorneys at Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC are committed to protecting the rights of whistleblowers from retaliation from their employers. We know that you are taking a risk in bringing forward information about your employer, and we will do everything we can to make sure you are protected throughout the entire process. We can help make sure you receive all of the compensation and benefits you are entitled for bringing forward a successful claim. Contact our team today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We provide our services nationwide and do not charge any legal fees unless your case is successful.
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Why Choose Our Whistleblower Attorneys?
Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC provides representation for whistleblowers throughout the U.S. We understand that blowing the whistle against another individual or large corporation is not an easy task, and it is one that takes extreme courage.
That is why our whistleblower attorneys are committed to providing whistleblowers with aggressive representation that both protects their careers and helps make sure they receive the benefits and protections they are entitled.
Our team has decades of experience handling complex litigation such as this. In one case, Managing Principal Howard Janet recovered a $95 million settlement on behalf of an individual who blew the whistle on widespread mortgage foreclosure fraud.
We have offices throughout the Eastern United States and are licensed to practice law in more than 10 states. We have also received special approval to practice in many additional states throughout the country.
Our vast network and resources allow us the ability to handle your case, no matter the size or location.
Your Rights Under the False Claims Act
The False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 – 3733) encourages individuals with knowledge of fraud against the government to come forward with that information and file a qui tam lawsuit on behalf of the government.
Anyone is entitled to file a qui tam lawsuit as long as the information about the fraud is new information that the government was previously unaware of.
If a case is successful, the individual will be entitled to a portion of the funds recovered by the government. Whistleblowers are also protected from any kind of retaliation or punishment from their employer for reporting fraud.
These types of cases are extremely complex and require the guidance of experienced whistleblower attorneys who are familiar with the False Claims Act and bringing lawsuits against large corporations.
According to 31 U.S.C. §§ 3730, a whistleblower is entitled to receive 15 to 25 percent of the money recovered from a qui tam lawsuit if the government joins the case.
However, if the court finds that most of the information disclosed came from sources other than the whistleblower – such as the media; an audit or investigation; a criminal, civil or administrative hearing; or in a report from Congress, the administration or the Government Accounting Office – the individual will receive an amount of compensation as deemed appropriate by the court, but no more than 10 percent of the recovery.
If the government does not join your case, but your case is successful, you will be entitled to 25 to 30 percent of the government’s recovery.
The law also allows whistleblowers to receive compensation for reasonable and necessary expenses for bringing the case, including reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.
Our whistleblower attorneys will make sure you receive the full compensation you deserve for reporting fraud and bringing a successful case.
Section 3730 also provides a number of protections for whistleblowers. Because of the great risks many whistleblowers take in reporting fraud, all qui tam lawsuits are filed under seal. This means that no one will know about the case except the government and the individual who filed it. The accused will not be made aware of the investigation or who initiated it.
The law also protects whistleblowers who experience retaliation from an employer for reporting fraud. Common forms of retaliation can include:
If your employer engages in any of these actions, or others, you are entitled to any amount of relief necessary to make you whole in your position and with your company once again. This can include:
- Reinstatement to your previous seniority level
- Two times the amount of back pay plus interest
- Compensation for any special damages, such as bringing a lawsuit
If you have been retaliated against, you have the right to file a lawsuit against your employer. However, you have only three years from the date of the retaliation to bring a claim. You should not hesitate to contact our whistleblower attorneys if you feel you have been retaliated against for reporting fraud. We will discuss the circumstances of your situation and advise you of your legal options through a free consultation.
What is Considered Fraud Against the Government?
Under 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729, fraud against the government can include:
- Knowingly presenting a fraudulent claim, contract or request for payment from the government
- Knowingly using a false record or statement to get payment from the government
- Knowingly attempting to decrease, avoid or conceal an obligation to pay or provide property or a product to the government
- Conspiring to commit any of these acts
The law defines “knowingly” as anyone who has knowledge of the information, acts in deliberate ignorance of the truth, or has reckless disregard for the truth or falsity of the information.
Any person who engages in these behaviors can be held accountable to the U.S. government for a civil penalty between $5,000 and $10,000 in addition to three times the amount of money the government lost.
If you have evidence of any of these types of activities, you may have grounds to file a qui tam lawsuit. Contact our whistleblower attorneys today for a professional review of your claim. We can help you determine if you have a case and if you have enough evidence and information to bring a successful claim.
Types of Whistleblower Claims
The above fraudulent actions can occur in almost any professional field. Some of the most common types of fraud include:
Healthcare Fraud Against Medicare and Medicaid
- Billing for services that were not provided
- Inflating the cost of medications or treatment
- Billing for unnecessary medical services
- Improper referrals to doctors or healthcare facilities
- Kickbacks for certain medications or services
Government Contractor Fraud
- Overcharging for products
- Illegal kickbacks
- Using cheaper parts to save money
- Shifting costs between projects
Financial and Baking Industry Fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Government pension fraud
- Insider trading or securities fraud
- Misuse of government bailout money
How Long You Have to File a Qui Tam Lawsuit
According to the False Claims Procedures outlined in 31 U.S.C. §§ 373, a whistleblower must file a lawsuit within six years of the fraudulent action or within three years from when the act should have been discovered by the appropriate governing body, but no more than 10 years from the date of the action.
If you are considering filing a qui tam lawsuit, you should contact our whistleblower attorneys as soon as possible to review your rights and begin gathering the necessary evidence to build a successful case. You do not want to wait too long and miss your opportunity to file a lawsuit.
State Whistleblower Claims
Many states also have their own False Claims Acts and whistleblower laws for handling claims against state governments that vary in their requirements and filing deadlines.
With experience handling cases nationwide, our whistleblower attorneys may be able to help you bring a state-level whistleblower claim. We are familiar with the laws in many states and will be able to advise you of how to best handle your claim.
Contact Our Whistleblower Attorneys
If you have information and evidence of fraud against the government, you are encouraged to report it. However, you should first contact a reputable attorney who can help determine if you have a case and advise you of the best way to move forward.
The whistleblower attorneys at Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC are committed to protecting the rights of individuals and will be able to help build a strong case and ensure that your employer does not retaliate against you. We will also make sure you are paid the compensation you deserve for your help getting the government’s money back.
Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation. We do not charge for our services unless you recover compensation.