False Claims Act
During the Civil War, profiteers infamously sold saw dust and sick horses to the army, prompting President Lincoln to push for the enactment of the False Claims Act. The False Claims Act, which still exists today, provides a legal mechanism (referred to as a “qui tam lawsuit”) for whistleblowers to come forward with information showing that the government has been defrauded. The government then has the ability to pursue the case itself, or to allow the whistleblower to handle the case. As a reward for helping the government obtain wrongfully-acquired public funds, the False Claims Act also provides for the whistleblower to receive up to 25% or 30% of the money which is recovered.
It’s important to remember that qui tam lawsuits are not limited to just cases involving federal funds. Many states and even some cities and counties have enacted their own false claims acts which largely mirror the federal False Claims Act.
Newsome Melton is proud to represent whistleblowers and help the government take back stolen taxpayer funds. To learn more about our qui tam practice please visit www.governmentfraudreward.com.