During the Civil War, the Union army received inadequate supplies by dishonest tradesmen. Frequently they received sick horses, dead ammunition, and rotten rations. It is believed that this type of trickery was the motivating force behind the creation of the False Claim Act, or the FCA. Under the FCA, a non-government affiliated entity can sue a federal contractor for making fraudulent claims. Filing this type of suit is frequently referred to as “whistleblowing.”
If you have suffered retaliation because of whistleblowing, or exposing fraud, you may be eligible to pursue compensation. Contact the San Antonio employment lawyers of Melton & Kumler, LLP to discuss the details of your case. Call 800-681-6932 today to schedule a free case evaluation.Fraudulent Billing
In the 21st century, the False Claims Act mostly pertains to government programs that receive federal funding. Most commonly, false claims are filed in the realms of health care, military contracts, and education programs.
If a government program reports that it is spending more money than it really is, this deception is referred to as a “false claim.” Generally, the leftover money is spent on non-work related items.Blowing the Whistle
In order for a company or contractor to be caught in the act of money laundering, an insider must inform another person, who can then pursue legal action against the fraudulent company. Once a lawsuit is filed, federal officials will begin a thorough investigation of the program’s documented spending. If fraud is found, the person who filed the claim may be able to receive up to 25% of the damages.Contact Us
If you are aware of fraud, or if you have been the victim of retaliation, contact the San Antonio employment lawyers of Melton & Kumler, LLP to discuss your legal options. Call 800-681-6932 today to speak with an experienced attorney about your case.