Hillsboro Whistleblower Lawyers
When individuals, companies or other organizations or entities engage in activities or conspire to defraud the government of money, it is very difficult for the government to put a stop to all of it on its own. This is why the government protects whistleblowers – people who step forward to alert the government and put a stop to fraudulent activity. These people need protection because they are taking a great risk coming forward. Another way the government recognizes the risk is by giving whistleblowers the chance to obtain a portion of the recovered funds. However, pursuing a whistleblower claim is a complex and intimidating process. That is why you do not have to manage it on your own. You can seek help from an experienced Hillsboro whistleblower lawyer who can handle the process on your behalf. At Rizk Law, we understand the many details involved in these cases, including filing requirements, proving government fraud, the percentage of funds you may be entitled, and what happens when the government joins a case. Schedule a free legal consultation right now to find out how we can assist you throughout the process and pursue fair compensation. You deserve aggressive, skilled representation from a trusted attorney.
Table of Contents
- 1 Hillsboro Whistleblower Lawyers
- 1.1 What are Some Examples of Government Fraud?
- 1.2 Filing a Whistleblower Lawsuit
- 1.3 Contact Our Hillsboro Whistleblower Lawyers to Discuss Your Case
What are Some Examples of Government Fraud?Whistleblower claims are governed by the False Claims Act (FCA), a federal law that was created during the Civil War to help prevent fraud in federal contracts. The government was trying to stop war profiteers from selling faulty supplies to the Union Army. This law says it is illegal to do any of the following because it defrauds the government:
- Giving the government a fraudulent claim for payment
- Creating fraudulent records or statements to induce the government to provide payment or approve a claim
- Not delivering property the government is entitled
- Engaging in any type of conspiracy with the goal of getting the government to pay you for a false claim
- Buying government property from someone who does not have the right to sell you said property
- Creating or using falsified records to avoid an obligation to pay the government money
- Delivering an inaccurate receipt documenting the receipt of government property
Fraud Among Government ContractorsFraud often occurs in contracts for defense of the nation. For example, there could be contracts from the government to build fighter jets, tanks, missiles and other equipment for the U.S. Armed Forces to use overseas. Companies who get these contracts could defraud the government in the following ways:
- Sending bills to the government for goods or services that were not provided
- Using incorrect pricing information during contract negotiations to try to obtain more money
- Using low-quality materials to build something a company is contracted to build
- Claiming that a product was made in this country when it was not
- Sending bills to the government for services that are not supposed to be paid by the government
- Providing kickbacks to induce the approval of a contract
- Delivering goods that have not passed proper inspection or testing requirements
Fraud in Health CareUnfortunately, there is a lot of fraud in the health care industry, particularly with Medicare and Medicaid, which are government insurance programs. Some of the more common examples of fraud include:
- Billing for services that were never provided
- Billing twice for the same service
- Charging higher prices than are allowed by law
- Selling or marketing drugs for uses that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Filling prescriptions partially then charging as if the entire thing was filled
- Prescribing services that are unnecessary
Mortgage FraudThere are many ways people and other entities can commit fraud when it involves a mortgage on a property. For instance, an appraiser can inflate the value of a property to obtain a mortgage for a larger amount of money. Borrowers can commit fraud by claiming income or assets they do not possess in order to get approved for a loan. Another example would be a bank pretending to offer financial help to a homeowner who is trying to refinance. If you know about any of these types of fraud, you can put a stop to it by filing a whistleblower claim. To find out more about this option, contact a Hillsboro whistleblower lawyer right now for a free legal consultation.
Call us today at 503.245.5677.