Can you blow the whistle on fraud if you were involved – directly or indirectly – with the crime? That depends entirely on the circumstances. The best way to find out for sure is through a confidential consultation with one of the Newport News whistleblower attorneys at the Antifraud Law Group.
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When you are considering blowing the whistle on corruption, you will want an experienced lawyer by your side to lead you through the complicated legal process and ensure that you take advantage of the protections and awards afforded to you under the law.
The United States Department of Transportation (hereinafter “USDOT” or “DOT”) distributes substantial funds each year to finance state and local construction, public transit, and airport agency projects.
There is a lot of waste in government-run programs generally, and a lot of waste and fraud and misuse of money in Medicare and Medicaid that can be saved. - Chuck Grassley
The Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) established a national standard for the protection of certain health information.
We have been approached on several occasions by employees of the federal government and asked if they can obtain compensation as whistleblowers under the False Claims Act. Several courts have ruled that they can, but it can depend upon the underlying circumstances. The key provision of the False Claims Act addressing this issue states:
The short answer is no - a party may not file a Whistleblower (Qui Tam) action without an attorney. Generally, a person is permitted by right to represent himself or herself in a court proceeding either as a plaintiff or a defendant. However, this is not the case in the context of a whistleblower suit. Indeed
If you have witnessed any type of fraudulent activity where your company or organization defrauded the government, military, or health care industry, you may have the required evidence to be a whistleblower. Whistleblowers can be given 10-30% of the award or settlement that comes from their whistleblower case. However, these cases are precarious and require the expertise of an attorney that knows how to protect you. Please take this quiz to find out if you should proceed with a whistleblower case:
A whistleblower suit under the federal False Claims Act that, if won, may force Duke to return up to three-times the amount of ill-gotten funds to the government.
False Claims Act lawsuits have not typically been used to target academic institutions, but this trend is shifting as charges of scientific misconduct continue to rise. Duke is now among a handful of Universities that have faced False Claims Act lawsuits. It is also one of 11 research universities that account for a majority of federal funding for academic science over the past decade.