False Claims Act Cases
Large Settlements and Whistleblower/Relator Awards
Under the False Claims Act (FCA), the federal government rewards whistleblowers who present credible, original information of false claims made to government agencies for payments and reimbursements. The cases are known as qui tam cases and the whistleblowers in those FCA cases are referred to as “relators.” The California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent whistleblowers/relators in false claims cases. Whistleblowers/relators are rewarded for their efforts when the government recovers money for the fraud. Healthcare entities, contractors, research institutions, service providers and others may commit fraud against the government by overcharging, billing for services or equipment that is never provided, paying illegal kickbacks and falsifying data provided to the government in order to receive payments or grants. If you have credible information for a false claims whistleblower case or any other whistleblower case in California, call us today at (415)441-8669 and we can help.
Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that two large pain management clinics had agreed to settle one such qui tam case for $3.3 million. The settlement resolves allegations that the two clinics fraudulently billed Medicare and other federal healthcare providers. The programs charged for physician services that were delivered by nurse practitioners and ordered medically unnecessary urine drug tests. The whistleblower was former PMA physician assistant. The case follows news of other whistleblower lawsuits moving forward against another chain of pain clinics for a similar scheme. Those whistleblower suits were also brought by former clinic doctors and employees. The suits charge that the clinic also grossly overcharged for tests and received reimbursements for medically unnecessary prescriptions.
If you have credible information of fraud under the False Claims Act we recommend you consult with counsel regarding how best to proceed. To be eligible for a reward, whistleblowers must report the fraud through appropriate and timely court filings or an application addressed to the appropriate government agency. That is where the California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm can help. Our attorneys know the appropriate procedures for your type of allegation and know how to organize and present your credible, original information and documentation in the most effective way. Additionally, the FCA and other whistleblower statutes protect you from retaliation by your employer for blowing the whistle on fraud. If you are fired because you brought any fraud to light, you can fight back. You may be entitled to sue your employer in federal court and seek double back pay (with interest), reinstatement, reasonable attorneys’ fees, and reimbursement for certain costs in connection with the litigation. Our California whistleblower attorneys can represent you in any action for retaliation as well as represent you in your underlying whistleblower application.
Our whistleblower attorneys handle all types of whistleblower cases involving bank fraud under FIRREA/FIAFEA, commodity trading and securities fraud under the Commodities Futures Trading Commission Whistleblower Program and the Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower Program, and tax fraud under the Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Program. If you or a loved one has information regarding claims, offshore tax avoidance schemes against the IRS, or securities and commodity trading fraud in violation of SEC and CFTC regulations, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other California whistleblower and false claims attorneys at Evans Law Firm at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a>. Our attorneys have experience with complex financial contracts and large insurance companies. We can help guide your case through 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.
 Evans Law Firm was not involved in any of the cases discussed in this blog in any way.