Whistleblower and Qui Tam
What is a Whistleblower?
Over the past several years, we have heard more about lawsuits that were brought against companies and organizations because someone was in a position to expose wrongdoing and become what is called a “whistleblower.” We have seen this in cases involving governmental agencies as well as the insurance, energy, and tobacco industries just to name a few. Those who take action when they see wrongdoing are helping all consumers and shareholders and have the courage to take a stand against fraud and corruption they know is occurring in their workplace.
Whistleblowers are individuals who have knowledge of fraud, corruption or other illegal activity and take a stand against it. Very often whistleblowers are employees or former employees with access to corporate documents as well as other internal information that would otherwise not be available to them. Whistleblower claims can be wide-ranging, involving fraud in Medicare, drug companies, government contractors, mortgage lenders, and others. In order to encourage individuals to report fraud and other wrongdoing, the law protects whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers.
Georgia Whistleblower Protections
The Georgia Whistleblower Act was enacted in 1993 and expanded in 2005 and 2007, to protect whistleblowers that report fraud, waste and abuse involved in state or local governmental settings. This includes false Medicaid claims as well as other wrongdoing that defrauds state and local governments.
If you are employed by an entity or organization that you believe may be committing fraudulent acts or other wrongdoing, contact Atlanta metro area injury lawyer Charles Scholle for a free confidential consultation on what you can do to report this activity as well as protect yourself.
Qui Tam and the False Claims Act
Whistleblower lawsuit protections have been in place since the Civil War during which companies provided damaged goods to the government, but were paid for those goods. President Lincoln sought the enactment of the False Claims Act to stop fraud against the government and to support those who came forward to report that fraud.
A qui tam lawsuit is a suit involving an organization or company that is engaging in fraud against the government. This can include fraudulent use of government funds stemming from over-billing, false billing and other fraudulent activities to improperly receive government funds.
To this day, the law supports the reporting of fraud through the federal Fair Claims Act, which provides that employees and others who report fraudulent activity are entitled to receive a portion of the funds recovered. This might involve false claims that are made for anything from reimbursement of Medicare claims or false claims under a government contract. The qui tam portion of the False Claims Act provides that a whistleblower can receive a percentage of funds recovered by the government for fraudulent activity.
Contact a Whistleblower / Qui Tam Lawyer
If you have evidence that your company is making false claims for reimbursement to the government or is engaging in other wrongful acts, contact Charles Scholle as soon as possible. Scholle Law will assess the facts with total confidentiality and advise you as to your legal rights in the situation.
CONTACT CHARLES SCHOLLE FOR A FREE CONFIDENTIAL
WHISTLEBLOWER AND QUI TAM LAWYER CONSULTATION
In Atlanta at 770-717-5100 or Toll Free at 1-866-972-5287
Whistleblowers are courageous individuals who are also protected by the law. Georgia citizens who have reported fraud against their companies are truly heroes. Georgia injury attorney Charles Scholle knows how to protect whistleblowers from retaliation and if it occurs he will pursue your rights to protection. He can evaluate your legal rights and represent your legal interests in recovering in a whistleblower or qui tam action.
For nearly two decades, Charles Scholle has specialized in pursuing the rights of the injured, including employees or others with the courage to report fraud or wrongdoing. He understands the complex legal issues involved in these cases -- and has the sensitivity to understand the courage it takes to report fraud when one has knowledge that it is occurring.
Scholle Law has developed a reputation for hard work and integrity in litigation matters. We pride ourselves on the fact that we are highly-respected within the community and that our clients value their experience with us because we provide close communication and support throughout the litigation process.