Vancouver Whistleblower Attorneys
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What is Government Fraud?Whistleblower lawsuits, also known as qui tam lawsuits, are governed by the False Claims Act (FCA), a federal law that allows ordinary people to bring forward cases on behalf of the government. Some specific examples of government fraud covered by this law can include:
- Using falsified records to avoid a required payment to the government
- Creating fraudulent statements or records to induce the government to provide payment
- Creating falsified documents that certify that the company is in compliance with the law when it is not
- Not delivering property that belongs to the government
- Buying government property from someone who is not authorized to sell that property
Mortgage FraudMortgage fraud occurs when one party deliberately deceives another by misrepresenting or omitting facts, information or figures. This type of fraud is prevalent during economic recessions when there is turmoil in housing markets such as homeowners facing foreclosure. Some mortgage fraud activities include:
- Impersonating a borrower on behalf of another who is making the purchase
- Claiming income or assets that the borrower does not initially have
- Increasing an appraisal to obtain a mortgage for more than the property is worth
- Pretending to offer financial aid to a financially-stressed homeowner who is trying to refinance
Health Care FraudThis type of fraud occurs when a dishonest health care provider or consumer intentionally submits false or misleading information to control the amount of benefits payable. Some examples of health care fraud include, but are not limited to:
- Charging for a service that never occurred
- Upcoding, which is billing for a costlier service than the one that was given
- Falsifying a patient’s diagnosis to justify costly tests, surgeries or other medical procedures that are not necessary
- Billing twice for the same service
Corporate FraudWhen a company or individual manages activities in an illegal or dishonest manner in order to give an advantage (typically financial) to the company or perpetrating individual, they are committing fraud. This often includes overbilling the government for goods or services or filing false reports to gain profit. Corporate fraud typically goes undetected for a long period of time as these fraudulent activities start out small and are not meant to be a repeated act. If you have witnessed an organization or corporation commit government fraud, our Vancouver whistleblower lawyers are available to discuss your options and how to proceed in filing a claim. Our attorneys are committed to your best interests.
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Understanding the False Claim Act (FCA)The False Claim Act (FCA) allows individuals who have evidence of fraud against the government to sue the wrongdoer on behalf of the government. The government has the authority to intervene and take over the case. Usually in a successful suit, the guilty party is required to repay the government triple the amount that was defrauded. Depending on their involvement in the case, a whistleblower may receive between 15 to 25 percent of the total government’s reward. However, if the government decides to opt out of the case, the individual may proceed with the lawsuit on his or her own and may be entitled to receive up to 30 percent of the government’s reward. If you are contemplating filing a qui tam lawsuit and blowing the whistle on fraudulent acts you have witnessed, you may be wondering if you will suffer retribution from your employer, such as losing your job or being demoted. However, whistleblowers are protected by the federal government through the False Claims Act. If you are retaliated against in violation of the law, you may be entitled to relief, which could include reinstatement to your previous position, back pay and special damages caused by discrimination, such as attorney fees. Our Vancouver whistleblower attorneys will be sure that you understand your rights from start to finish with your qui tam claim. We are ready to answer all legal questions you may have.
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Statute of Limitations for Whistleblower Cases?If you are considering filing a qui tam lawsuit, you should act fast and contact an attorney as soon as possible. There is a deadline of six years from when fraud occurred, or three years after the date the government knew or should have known about fraud. It may be difficult to determine when the government would have known about fraud. This is one of the benefits of a working with a lawyer who can investigate and help determine how much time is left to file a lawsuit. Our whistleblower attorneys at Rizk Law will work tirelessly to try to ensure your case is filed before the deadline passes.
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