A whistleblower is someone who is aware of fraud being committed against the government, and who reports the fraud to legal authorities with the assistance of an attorney. Typically, whistleblowers are employees of companies that are defrauding the government by making false claims to government agencies for payment, overcharging government agencies for goods and services, or committing tax or securities fraud.
Whistleblower attorneys assist citizens who wish to disclose information concerning fraud against the government. In addition to preparing the lawsuit which will be brought on the behalf of the government, whistleblower lawyers may assist the whistleblower by working with the investigating federal agency to ensure the whistleblower is rewarded properly; and by helping to enforce state and federal laws that protect whistleblowers from retaliation.
Gibbs Law Group’s Whistleblower Attorneys can help you determine if you have a claim by discussing case facts, exploring the legal merits of the case, and determining if a lawsuit is the appropriate course of action. Once a determination to bring a lawsuit has been made, attorneys will assist in the preparation of the documents required for the filing of a lawsuit, and ensure that the claim is properly filed with the appropriate agency.
A false claim is a request to the government for payment for a product or service that has not actually been provided, or a request for a higher payment for the product or service than is warranted. False claims are typically submitted to large government spending programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, or national defense programs.
The Dodd-Frank Act establishes conditions for the receipt of an award by a Securities and Exchange Commission whistleblower and for protection from employer retaliation. An SEC whistleblower may receive a financial award if the whistleblower came forward voluntarily and the case resulted in a government recovery of at least $1 million. In addition, the information provided by the whistleblower must be previously unknown to the SEC, and must originate from the whistleblower’s independent knowledge or analysis, rather than allegations made in a judicial hearing, a government report, or the news media.