Standing Up For Whistleblowers
When the U.S. government is being defrauded by a company, organization or individual, a person who becomes aware of the fraud can “blow the whistle,” alerting the federal government of the fraud. Such an individual is known as a “whistleblower.” They have the right under The False Claims Act, a landmark federal law, to bring a civil lawsuit on the federal government’s behalf against the perpetrator of the fraud.
Under The False Claims Act, an individual who exposes fraud against the government by filing a lawsuit on the government’s behalf (also called a “qui tam” claim) may be entitled to a portion – between 15% and 25% – of any recovered financial penalties. This can be a significant amount of money. Six- or seven-figure recoveries for whistleblowers are common.
We Fight For Those Who Do The Right Thing
It takes courage to speak up about wrongdoing in your workplace. At Joe Reed & Associates, LLC, we can be your voice and advocate.
Our lawyer, Joe Reed, has spent 25 years taking on powerful opponents such as private companies – and winning. He isn’t afraid to go to bat for you, all the while protecting your anonymity, your livelihood and your right to compensation for speaking up. Based in Montgomery, we also represent whistleblowers in Birmingham, throughout Alabama and nationwide.
Fraud And Whistleblower Cases Against The Government
The government has been scammed many times, particularly by defense contractors. The huge increase in defense spending during President Reagan’s administration brought about reports of the U.S. military paying $300 for a single hammer and $500 each for toilet seats. This type of fraud against the government was attacked by stepped-up provisions of The False Claims Act during the 1980s, but fraudsters still manage to find ways to exploit the U.S. government.
If you suspect that your employer is committing fraud against the U.S. government, you can turn to our attorney for trustworthy, confidential guidance on how to proceed.
Common Cases Of Fraud Against The Government
The U.S. government is especially susceptible to the following types of fraud:
- Contractor fraud
- Medicare/Medicaid fraud
- Grant fraud, including grants for education and conservation programs
- Construction and shipbuilding fraud
- Energy and/or utilities fraud
- Fraud involving government entities, such as the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and others
We handle all of these and more.