Our Maine Whistleblower Lawyers Help You Report False Claims Act Violations and Securities Fraud and Maximize Your Cash Award
Maine licensed attorney Brian Mahany and his team of Maine whistleblower lawyers help individuals earn cash whistleblower awards for reporting the fraud, waste or abuse of government funds.
Prominent national whistleblower lawyer Brian Mahany has hundred million and even billion-dollar recoveries to his credit, earning his clients over one hundred million dollars in whistleblower awards. Brian and the Mahany Law team help Maine whistleblowers master the claims process, safeguard their rights and maximize their cash award amount.
We represent Maine whistleblowers in Portland, Lewiston, Auburn, Bangor, Augusta, Biddeford, Saco, Brunswick, Freeport and Bath (and anywhere else in the state).
If you suspect your employer or other Maine company is violating the False Claims Act, ripping off Medicare or Medicaid, violating federal securities laws, committing customs fraud or cheating the IRS, call MahanyLaw for a free and private case evaluation: 202.800.9791 or Connect Online
Maine Whistleblowers Can Earn Large Cash Rewards
Maine accountants, compliance officers, engineers, sales representatives, nurses and other employees have unique exposure to the inner workings of their companies, competitor companies and third-party contractors.
The federal False Claims Act, the IRS Whistleblower Program and the SEC offer cash awards for information on the abuse of taxpayer dollars.
Our clients earn cash awards for reporting:
- Maine defense contractor fraud
- Maine Medicare Fraud
- MaineCare Fraud (Medicaid)
- Maine company securities violations
- Other corporate misconduct including tax fraud
Cash whistleblower awards equal between 15% and 30% of the total government recovery amount when a whistleblower’s information brings a successful verdict or settlement. Under the False Claims Act, wrongdoers are subject to triple damages and high penalties meaning rewards can be quite large.
The key to maximizing your cash award amount is hiring a whistleblower law firm with years of experience advocating for whistleblowers – and winning awards – in State and Federal courts across the United States.
Brian Mahany has been a Maine lawyer since 1985 and both a former cop and Maine Assistant Attorney General. His team includes the former chief investigator for the SEC and other former federal agents. We know fraud, how to investigate it, how to prosecute it and how to obtain large cash whistleblower rewards for our clients.
Report Maine Defense Contractor Fraud and Claim Your Cash Award
In 2019, the U.S. Defense Department (DoD) awarded $2,898,779,251.00 in defense contracts to Maine companies like:
- Bath Iron Works (BIW)
- General Dynamics
- Fiber Materials Inc (FMI)
- Pratt & Whitney
And it’s not just defense contractors. The federal government spends billions of dollars maintaining highways and bridges, infrastructure at the Brunswick Naval Air Station and insuring residential mortgage in Maine through programs like the FHA.
Reporting customs fraud is also eligible for cash whistleblower rewards. Companies that mislabel their products or country of origin in order to avoid or reduce customs duties and tariffs can be prosecuted under the False Claims Act. Maine shares 611 miles of border with Canada, much of it in sparsely occupied and patrolled areas. Unfortunately, customs fraud occurs along the border on a daily basis.
Wherever fraud involving government spending or programs occurs, chances are there is a violation of the False Claims Act. Reporting that fraud can earn you a cash reward.
Under the federal False Claims Act, Maine vendors and contractors are prohibited from submitting false claims for payment to the federal government. Defense contractor misconduct that violates the federal False Claims Act includes:
- Procurement fraud
- Quality assurance violations
- Contract bid rigging
- Cross charging fixed-price to cost-plus
- Shifting costs from other contracts to DoD contracts
- Overbilling for materials, labor or equipment costs
- Cybersecurity violations
- Substituting improper products or materials
- Truth in Negotiation Act (TINA) violations
- Buy American violations (substituting foreign steel and other products on government jobs)
In 2016, Belcon Enterprises, formerly Roof Systems of Maine, paid $439,500.00 to resolve charges that it knowingly used substandard materials on roofing and walls for a Navy installation in Cutler and a national guard center in Brunswick. The case was brought by a whistleblower who received a reward for stepping forward.
Maine whistleblower lawyer Brian Mahany and the MahanyLaw can make certain that you prepare the best claim possible. Mahan Law’s national recognition, network contacts and influence mean your whistleblower claim stands out from the numerous claims the Justice Department receives annually.
Cash Whistleblower Awards for Reporting Maine Healthcare Fraud
Government healthcare programs like Medicare, MaineCare (Medicaid) and TRICARE, depend on honest doctors, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, lab technicians and other health care workers to report knowledge of fraud. The federal False Claims Act offer large cash awards for this information.
Common examples of MaineCare fraud and Medicare fraud include:
- Double billing
- Off-label medical device or drug marketing
- Billing for diagnostic tests or services never performed
- Accepting or making payments or gifts for patient referrals
- Billing for brand name drugs but filling generics
- Unbundling charges
- Altering billing codes to increase reimbursements
- Billing for medically unnecessary services
The Maine whistleblower lawyers at Mahany Law represent clients working with healthcare facilities across the state of Maine.
Maine is in the minority of states that do not have their own state False Claims Act for Medicaid fraud (called MaineCare in Maine). In most states, whistleblowers can earn two rewards, one from the state and one from the federal government. That is because Medicaid is jointly funded.
Even though Maine does not have its own state whistleblower statute, full rewards are still available from the U.S. Department of Justice for Medicare fraud and the federal portion of MaineCare.
In 2019, Senator Michael Carpenter of Aroostook County introduced legislation to re-establish the Maine False Claims Act. Unfortunately, it was defeated after the Maine Hospital Association and its 36 member hospitals called healthcare whistleblowers “bounty hunters” and “legal squatters.” They wrongly claimed that whistleblowers bring no financial benefit. This flies directly in the face of the billions of dollars collected annually because of whistleblowers.
In the healthcare arena, whistleblowers not only protect taxpayers, they often save lives. Healthcare fraud involving medically unnecessary testing and procedures, unapproved off label use of drugs and using uncertified workers risks patients’ lives.
Just a few months after Carpenter’s Maine False Claims Act bill was defeated, a Maine healthcare company paid $111,200.46 to settle False Claims Act charges. Prosecutors said unlicensed personnel were illegally providing services to patients.
Maximize Your Maine Securities Fraud Whistleblower Cash Award
Do you suspect a publicly-traded Maine company of securities fraud?
Maine compliance officers, VPs, CFOs and other public company insiders with information on securities law violations totaling at least $1 million may qualify for a cash whistleblower award under the SEC whistleblower program.
Our clients win cash awards for reporting securities laws violations including:
- EB-5 investment fraud
- FCPA violations (foreign bribery)
- Unregistered securities offerings
- Misuse of investor funds
- Market manipulation
- Financial filing omissions
- Insider trading
- Auditor independence violations
- Deficient internal controls practices
We can represent clients with private knowledge of securities violations in publicly-traded companies across the state of Maine, including Colgate – Palmolive, IDEXX Laboratories, UNUM, ImmuCell, First Bancorp, Bar Harbor Bank and Central Maine Power.
Maine IRS Whistleblower Rewards
Although the False Claims Act and SEC Whistleblower Program are the biggest whistleblower reward programs, the IRS pays out millions of dollars in rewards annually as well.
Reporting information about taxpayers and businesses located in Maine or doing business here that either fail to properly report taxes or willfully fail to pay what they owe can earn you a reward. A former director of Swiss bank UBS – turned – whistleblower received a $104,000,000.00 reward. That whistleblower lived just over the state line in New Hampshire.
Don’t Wait Too Long! Whistleblower Claims Subject to Time Limits
IRS, SEC and False Claims Act whistleblower claims must follow proper statutes of limitations. Also, for FCA (also known as Qui Tam) claims, only the first whistleblower to report fraud is eligible for a cash award.
With over a decade of experience as a Maine prosecutor, white collar investigator and head of the Maine Revenue Service, Brian Mahany and the MahanyLaw team know how to protect your rights and maximize your cash award.