Our New York Whistleblower Lawyers Help Report Healthcare, Defense Contractor and Securities Fraud and Maximize Cash Awards
[Editors Note: This is a general information page about whistleblower rewards in New York. We have available more specific information about the New York False Claims Act (New York whistleblower law) here.] Brian Mahany and the MahanyLaw New York associated whistleblower lawyers have recovered billions in stolen government funds and millions in cash whistleblower awards – including the record largest U.S. whistleblower settlement ($16.65 billion) that earned a combined $170 million whistleblower cash award.
Our lawyers represent New York healthcare and financial professionals, defense contractor employees, cybersecurity and IT professionals and securities personnel who elect to step forward and report fraud against the U.S. government.
Our clients include New York whistleblowers from across the state, including New York City, Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, Monroe, Richmond, Rockland, Albany, Dutchess and Saratoga counties.
First To Report Fraud Could Be Entitled to a Large Cash Reward
New York broker-dealer employees, pharmacy technicians, engineers, aerospace mechanics, clerks, sales representatives, company executives, nurses, physicians and other insiders have access to incidents of misconduct regarding government products and services.
Federal and state False Claims Acts pay large cash incentives to those who report inside, non-public information involving fraud against U.S. government-funded programs, including:
- Defense Contractor Fraud
- New York Medicaid or Medicare Fraud
- U.S. Securities (SEC) Violations
When your inside information aids in the government’s recovery of funds via verdict or settlement, you are entitled to a whistleblower cash award of between 10% and 30% of the total government recovery amount.
Report New York Defense Contractor Fraud And Claim Your Cash Award
Nearly 46 thousand defense contracts worth over $5.8 billion dollars were awarded in 2015 to New York companies including:
- General Dynamics Corp.
- L-3 Communications
- IBM Corp.
- Saab Sensis Corp.
- SRC Inc.
- Verizon Communications
- Pfizer Inc.
- Rochester Precision Optics
- Allied Universal
Under the federal False Claims Act, it is illegal for cybersecurity professionals, mechanics, IT techs, engineers, billing clerks and other defense contractor personnel to submit false claims for payment to a government-funded program.
New York defense contractor misconduct that violates the federal False Claims Act includes:
- Truth in Negotiation Act (TINA) violations
- Billing for low-quality, used or refurbished materials
- Cost shifting from foreign/private contracts to federal defense contracts
- Misrepresentation in defense contract bidding
- Accounting violations
- Failure to report compliance violations
- Violating Buy American requirements
- Cross charging fixed-price to cost-plus contracts
- Failure to report cybersecurity violations or breaches
- Misrepresentation of labor, product or equipment costs
New York defense contractor fraud recovery lawyers work with Brian Mahany and the MahanyLaw team to protect your rights as a New York whistleblower and maximize your cash award. Call MahanyLaw Now: 800.669.7782 or Report Online.
Cash Whistleblower Awards For Reporting New York Healthcare Fraud
Health care professionals are the government’s primary tool for detecting incidents of Medicare or New York Medicaid fraud. These government health care programs rely on bookkeepers, pharmacists, nurses, physicians, sales representatives, EMT’s and other health care professionals to report False Claims Act violations.
Common examples of Medicare and New York Medicaid fraud include:
- Overbilling for Medicare beneficiaries
- Billing for inferior services or products
- Upbundling or upcoding
- Offering kickbacks (gifts or cash in exchange for patient referrals)
- Billing for services not provided
- Altering medical records
- Prescribing medically unnecessary treatments or medications
- Off-label marketing of medical devices or drugs (not approved by the FDA)
With decades of experience in New York whistleblower law, our MahanyLaw federal whistleblower attorneys and New York state lawyers help earn clients their well-deserved cash rewards in both federal and state court.
We represent whistleblower clients working with healthcare facilities across the state of New York, including New York Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, NYU Langone Medical Center, Mount Sanai Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital.
New York Tax Whistleblower Law – “Strongest in the Nation”
New York has some of the highest taxes in the nation. Add in New York City taxes and it becomes expensive to live in the Empire State. No one likes paying taxes but most of do. If there is anything we hate more than paying taxes it is those who cheat. Why should others get away with tax evasion when we must pay?
The New York Legislature heard that message loud and clear. In 2010, the state modified its whistleblower program to allow claims for unpaid or unreported state taxes. That means sales tax as well as personal income, corporate, cigarette, estate and utility taxes. The City of New York has a similar program. And the programs pay cash awards.
In the words of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman,
With this strengthened law, New York will . . . be able to recover millions of dollars stolen by tax cheats. Because New York is a major financial center, we think the state will be a bellwether for the nation in the arena of tax recovery. Without a doubt, the New York law will be used as a cat’s paw to illuminate national tax fraud cases that have tentacles in New York.
Tax evasion is illegal in all 50 states. New York is just one of a small handful of states that has enacted a tax whistleblower program, however. (California and Illinois also have robust awards for reporting tax cheats.)
The New York program applies to both failure to pay and failure to report taxes. Let’s briefly discuss the difference.
Tax Evasion – Failure to Report NY Taxes
Most tax evasion schemes involve failure to report or underreporting schemes. A business with two sets of books, a doctor who claims residence in Florida to avoid New York income tax or a salesman who claims phony expenses are all examples of failure to report or underreporting of taxes. Another example is a business that claims its workers are independent contractors instead of employees to avoid paying withholding taxes.
Tax Evasion – Failure to Pay Tax
In New York, the willful failure to pay tax is against the law. If single parent who loses his job chooses to feed his kids instead of paying taxes, he still owes the tax but there is no willful evasion. A tax cheat who hides money in offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes, however, is evading taxes.
To qualify for a cash whistleblower award, one needs original source information about the willful failure to pay or report taxes. Awards are up to 30% of the taxes collected from the wrongdoer. Since the law includes triple damages, those awards can add up quickly.
We Maximize Cash Awards For New York Securities Fraud Whistleblowers
New York securities whistleblowers who report inside information on commodities and securities violations are eligible for large cash awards under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whistleblower program and the Dodd-Frank Act.
Since the 2010 enactment of the SEC Whistleblower Program, whistleblowers have earned more than $100 million in cash awards, including the largest SEC whistleblower award in history of $30 million.
The Dodd-Frank Act governs broker-dealers, investors, shareholders, bankers, traders, accountants and public company insiders. Common examples of New York securities fraud reported to the SEC include:
- Accounting fraud
- Front running
- Ponzi schemes
- Insider trading
- Company finance misrepresentation
- Mutual fund fraud
- Mishandling of investor funds
If you suspect a company or individual of SEC securities fraud, our MahanyLaw SEC whistleblower attorneys can help you privately report any violations and maximize your cash reward.
We can represent clients working in FINRA regulated securities brokerage firms across the state of New York, includingAegis Capital Corp., Trident Partners, Lek Securities, K.C. Ward Financial, Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments and RBC Capital Markets LLC.
Act Fast! Whistleblower Laws Impose Strict Time Limits
New York whistleblowers must file claims within relevant statutes of limitations. Further, only the first individual to report fraud is typically eligible to collect a cash award. Make sure your whistleblower claim is filed properly from the very start. [Reminder – this post contains general information. We have more detailed information about the New York False Claims Act including action steps in how to claim a reward from New York State.]
Our unique MahanyLaw process for maximizing whistleblower claims can ensure a solid claim. Learn how our proven strategy can work for you.