More than 4,000 False Claim suits have been filed since 1986 when the statute was strengthened to make it easier and more rewarding for private citizens to file suit on the government’s behalf. The government has recovered significant settlements as a result of the suits, of which significant settlements have been paid to Relators/whistleblowers. Generally, only the Relator who is the first to file a lawsuit can be rewarded for reporting the fraud. Even if one person uncovers the fraud, someone else can file the lawsuit first and bar the first whistleblower from sharing in any recovery.
Our firm is only investigating claims in which a business entity, such as a company or medical practice, is submitting false claims to a governmental entity in excess of $500,000. We do not handle cases involving individuals receiving government benefits under false pretenses. (For example, we do not handle claims in which a person falsely claims disability in order to receive government benefits. ) For these claims, you should contact the appropriate governmental agency directly, such as a state medicare-fraud hot line, and report the fraud. Regarding tax fraud, we are only handling cases in which the underpayment of taxes exceeds $2 Million, and the income of the person committing tax fraud exceeds $200,000 per year.