falsel claims act and qui tam lawsuits for FCA lawyersThe Federal False Claims Act (FCA) is in place to avoid and deter fraud against the United States Government. When employees, or other protected third parties (qui tam relator), bring a lawsuit (qui tam action)in federal court, if the relator prevails, he or she can recover a percentage of the damages from the government.

The FCA protects whistleblowers or relators from any retaliation. The federal government does not intervene in every case. If a relator files a case, there must be substantial and credible evidence and documentation to support the qui tam whistleblower case and show evidence of fraud. If not, the government may decide not to intervene.

Some of the most common allegations of fraud against the federal government under the FCA include healthcare fraud and government contract fraud.

When the relator files a qui tam False Claims Act lawsuit, the documents are filed under seal. This means that the public is not aware of the filing of the lawsuit. Only the government is made aware. This means that the government contractor/employer is not usually aware of the qui tam case being filed.

After a False Claims Qui Tam case is filed, the government may choose to intervene and take an interest in the case. Having a good False Claims Act defense attorney that understands the procurement process allows you to have a chance at defending yourself or your company during an investigation or litigation.

Violations of the false claims statute: If contractors are found liable Under the False Claims Act for violation of SBA regulations, the Buy American Act, or some other underlying violation, penalties can include paying up to three times the government’s losses plus civil penalties of between $5,500 and $11,000 for each false claim submitted.

See Also:

How to Defend A False Claims Act Qui Tam Case

Hiring False Claim and Procurement Fraud Lawyers 

6 Things Contractors Should Be Aware of in False Claims Qui Tam Lawsuits

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