2019: Government Recovers Over $2.1 Billion in False Claims Whistleblower Cases
Whistleblowers Rewarded $ 265 Million
DOJ Shares Priorities For 2020
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained more than $3 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in Fiscal Year 2019, and $2.1 billion of this recovery came from whistleblower suits (known as qui tams) brought by United States citizens under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 et seq. Last year alone whistleblowers received $265 million in rewards for their efforts. The California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent individuals with credible information of any type of fraud against the government, including healthcare fraud. If you have credible information for a whistleblower or qui tam case, call the whistleblower/qui tam attorneys at Evans Law Firm Inc. today at (415) 441-8669.
Over 80% of fraud against the government comes from the healthcare field. Recently, the DOJ pledged to pursue qui tam cases involving fraudulent billing and poor health care in nursing homes, improper coding and overbilling in Medicare Advantage plans, and manipulation of electronic health records that alert pharmaceutical companies when certain medications should be prescribed. This last kind of fraud surfaced recently in a large case involving kickbacks from opioid manufacturers. The whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm have experience with whistleblower cases involving the health care industry and big pharma and can assist you if you have original information of this type of fraud.
Protection From Retaliation
Insiders like employees, former employees, and bookkeepers may witness manufacture and sale of unapproved medications, unapproved manufacturing processes for drugs and medical devices, fraudulent billing, overcharging, kickback schemes and other wrongful conduct in operation. If your employer retaliates against you for blowing the whistle on fraud, our litigators can also represent you in any action for wrongful termination. Remedies include reinstatement, double back pay plus interest, special damages, and attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred in bringing your case. 31 U.S. § 3730(h)(2).
If you or a loved one has information regarding a whistleblower or qui tam case of false claims for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, or bank fraud under The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA/FIAFEA), securities fraud under the Commodities Futures Trading Commission Whistleblower Program and the Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower Program, other False Claims Act cases, the Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Office, the FINRA Whistleblower Office or the California False Claims Act, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a>. Our attorneys have experience with large whistleblower cases, complex financial contract litigation, and large insurance companies. We can help guide your case through whistleblower false claims applications, discovery and investigation, a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We also handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.