Bothwell Law Group devotes its practice and resources exclusively to this incredibly complex and compelling area of law.
Congress has passed several “whistleblower” statutes, hoping citizens will come forward with information that leads to the recovery of government funds that would otherwise be lost to fraud, waste, and abuse. These statutes not only empower private citizens to sue fraudsters, they also protect citizens from retaliation for reporting the fraud.
- The False Claims Act
- The False Claims Act—text of statute
- SEC and CFTC Cases
- The IRS Whistleblower Program
The False Claims Act
The False Claims Act is the premiere fraud fighting tool in the Government’s arsenal. It allows whistleblowers to file a lawsuit on behalf of the United States, tell the Government what they know about the fraud being committed, and share in any potential recovery. It is a very powerful tool, but its proper use and handling requires care and experience due to its complexity.
- History of the False Claims Act
- Information for Whistleblowers
- What is Government Intervention and Declination?
- How to Choose a Law Firm for your False Claims Act/Qui Tam
Key Legal Issues
The False Claims Act is a unique law containing filing obligations and barriers to recovery that are unlike any other statute. Experienced qui tam counsel is necessary to navigate these potential hazards.
State Qui Tam Litigation
The State of Georgia has passed two statutes aimed at preventing and recovering from fraud committed against the state, counties, or local Governments, including Medicaid fraud.
- Georgia False Claims Act
- Georgia Medicaid False Claims Act
- Georgia Medicaid False Claims Act – Text of Statute
- Georgia Taxpayer Protection False Claims Act
- Georgia Taxpayer Protection False Claims Act – Text of Statute
Both the federal and state whistleblower acts offer protection to whistleblowers so that they can feel safe coming forward with information or recover from former employers if they have been terminated for trying to put a stop to fraud.
- What is Retaliation?
- What Protections Do I Have Against Retaliation?
- How Do I Report Fraud?
- Retaliation FAQ
Types of Fraud
Almost any misuse of Government money may be a violation of the False Claims Act. Below are some of the more common types of fraud currently being prosecuted under the FCA.
- Federal Contract Fraud
- Federal Grant Fraud
- For-Profit Education Fraud
- Defense Contractor Fraud
- Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law Violations
- Healthcare/Medical Fraud
- Dental Fraud
- Medicare Fraud
- Medicaid Fraud
- Department of Transportation (DOT) Fraud
- Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Fraud
- Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fraud
- Off-label Pharmaceutical Marketing
- Nursing Home Fraud
- Hospice Care Fraud
- Hospital Fraud
- Home Health Fraud