Anti Kickback Statute Penalties

Anti Kickback Statute Resolving Challenges of Fraud and Penalties Government contractors or health care agencies accused of violating the Anti Kickback Statute or fraud can be in for some huge fines if a court rules against them. Having sound internal practices and a thorough understanding of the applicable laws can greatly… Read more »

What is the Federal False Claims Act? 31 USC 3729

The Federal False Claims Act, 31 USC 3729 avoids fraudulent activity against the federal government.  Investigations or adverse actions can arise for several reasons. The most common is when an employee blows the whistle and alleges wrongdoing and some level of criminal activity. There are ways to prevent these occurrences…. Read more »

Government Contracts Claims Process – Five Approaches

When looking at the government contract process for submitting claims, or you decide to file claims against the federal government, there are certain best practices and approaches that you must adhere to. Failure to follow them can tempt the Contracting Officer (CO) to try to negotiate the actual amount downwards or it… Read more »

Federal False Claims Act Penalties 31 USC 3730 & 31 USC 3729

The Department of Justice obtained more than $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in the fiscal year 2016 ending Sept. 30. See announcement here. Depending on the facts of your case, the penalty for violating federal False Claims Act provisions under 31… Read more »

Qui Tam False Claims Act and Subcontractor Liability

On the issue of False Claims Act liability, there are varying opinions about liability of main contractor for subcontractor. The bottom line is that both prime contractors and independent contractors can be liable under the Federal False Claims Act.  The DOJ and various agency IG offices have increased the level… Read more »