Is Your Employer Cheating the U.S. or Your State Government?
MahanyLaw Lawyers Help Employees and others Report Healthcare (Medicare), Bank, Financial, Government Procurement or other Fraud and Claim a Cash Reward
Employees and ex-employees are in a position to identify Medicare, Government Contract or other fraud and help recover money for the taxpayers. The U.S. False Claims Act includes a cash reward (whistleblower award) for people who do the right thing and report misconduct that involves cheating the government.
Since 2009 more than $29 billion has been recovered and hundreds of millions have been paid to whistleblowers for False Claims Act violations.
Your inside information can help! AND you can receive a potentially multi-million dollar reward for reporting fraud. Speak with a MahanyLaw experienced whistleblower lawyer in a confidential no-cost consultation: 202.800.9791 or Report Online
Examples of Eligible Fraud in Procurement, Healthcare, Financial Sectors
While the schemes companies use to cheat the government are in the thousands, whistleblower claims under a state False Claims Act or the federal rules often fall within these categories:
- Medicare or Medicaid Fraud
- Bank, Insurance or other Financial Fraud
- State or Federal Government Contract Fraud
- SEC, Internal Revenue Service or State Tax Corporate Fraud
Whistleblower cash rewards vary by program but they generally fall within ten to thirty percent of amounts the government recovers, including interest, penalties, treble damages (three times the amount the company received by making false claims or other violations), and other amounts.
Reward amounts can be massive. For example if a billing manager at a pharmaceutical chain reports a healthcare company for a Medicare billing scheme over some years, a recover can exceed $100 million (many of these have been in the news since 2009) and the billing manager could receive $10 to $30 million as a cash reward.
Is Your Job at Risk? Will Your Employer Retaliate? Will Your Employer Know?
All whistleblower rules (False Claims Act, SEC, IRS) include anti-retaliation provisions providing for big penalties if an employee is (or was) fired or otherwise harassed for reporting fraud to a supervisor or making whistleblower claim.
A MahanyLaw attorney will evaluate your information and the details of your specific circumstance to let you know the rules, realities, and potential reward so you can decide if you want to take action. We have a powerful team led by Brian Mahany, whistleblower author and record holder for the largest whistleblower case in history ($16 billion), that will focus our experience, resources, connections, and reputation on protecting your job and your future.
When you file a whistleblower claim, the court keeps it “under seal” meaning that your company will not know about it until the Department of Justice (or other relevant agency) has had time to investigate the facts, often with the help of our investigators and attorney who develop your information and evidence.
If You Read Only One Thing on this Page – Do Not Call a Government “Hotline”
If you report fraud to a Medicare, Medicaid, SEC, IRS… hotline, you are not eligible for a False Claims Act cash reward. They will tell you that a reward is available but it will be a nominal $1000 or some other small amount.
There is a very specific legal process for filing a state or federal (or both) False Claims Act claim under the whistleblower provisions of those federal and state False Claims Acts. You must file a lawsuit (secret and held under seal initially to protect the whistleblower) and 99% of the successful ones are filed by whistleblower-experienced attorneys.
The most tragic calls we receive are when someone did the right thing and reported fraud some time ago – the government reaches a massive settlement with the help of the whistleblower, and they ask when they can get their big reward. If they reported to a government hotline – no reward.
Critical: 1st Whistleblower Claimant who Reports the Fraud Receives the Award
Your timing is vital in reporting suspected Medicare, Government Contract, Financial or other fraud as the first person to report a fraud has a much better claim for a whistleblower reward. If the Department of Justice or other relevant agency can say, “We already know about that” – you may be out of luck, so act as soon as you are confident of the facts.
Also there is a statute of limitations (the time period wherein you must file a claim or lose the right) in False Claims actions: 6 years from the date of violation or 3 years from the time the acts constituting the violation should have been known.
At MahanyLaw We Maximize Whistleblower Claim Rewards
We have a proven process for maximizing the size of a reward, in fact we had the largest single defendant settlement in U.S. history. Our industry-specific (Healthcare, Pharma, Bank Financial, Government Procurement) attorneys and experts help build the best possible case PRIOR to filing the claim. We know the rules and realities of each industry sector.
The Department of Justice, SEC or IRS all take only a small number of the claims filed through to a settlement and they are more likely to accept a MahanyLaw claimant because as former law enforcement and prosecutors we know to deliver a ready-to-go case, we know the people involved, and they know we’re serious from our track record of solid and successful cases.