Sep 27, 2019 by |

California and San Francisco Whistleblower Attorneys: FIRREA and False Claims Whistleblower Cases

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Whistleblowers May Uncover Violations of Numerous Laws

Court of Appeals Upholds Large Verdict Under Federal Banking Law and False Claims Act

The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (“FIRREA”) and the Federal Claims Act (“FCA”) both offer rewards to whistleblowers with original information about certain illegal conduct by financial institutions and their employees.  Sometimes a whistleblower’s information leads to cases under both acts.  Recently, a federal court of appeals upheld a $298 million judgment in a combined FIRREA/FCA whistleblower case against two mortgage companies for defrauding the government by fraudulently obtaining FHA insurance for loans that later defaulted.[1]  If you have original information of false claims and bank fraud in California call the FIRREA/FCA whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. today at (415)441-8669 and we can help.  Our lawyers can organize your information into a whistleblower application or declaration under the relevant rules with the goal of a potential reward to you for your efforts. 

In the reported case, a branch manager at one of the defendant companies filed a whistleblower/qui tam action under the FCA.  A jury found that the defendants misrepresented their compliance with FHA underwriting guidelines.  The jury also found defendants liable under FIRREA for false certifications about their compliance with federal housing law requirements.  The district court awarded treble damages and penalties under the FCA against one company and the owner totaling $23.1 million, against the other company totaling $268.8 million, and FIRREA penalties of $2.2 million against each defendant.  Defendants appealed and the appellate court affirmed the judgments.

Just like in this case where federal false claims law and banking fraud laws came into play, whistleblower information may lead to various causes of action. Our litigators represent whistleblowers in all types of whistleblower cases brought under the False Claims Act for false claims for government payments; Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whistleblower cases for securities fraud (related to stocks, bonds, private placements and variable annuities for example); Internal Revenue Service (IRS) whistleblower cases for tax fraud, particularly offshore tax avoidance schemes; and Commodities Future Trading Commission (CFTC) cases involving fraud in the trading of commodities, futures, options, currencies and virtual currencies (like Bitcoin).   Government whistleblower programs protect you from employer retaliation for blowing the whistle on fraud and our attorneys can represent you in any case for retaliation or wrongful termination in addition to representing you in your underlying whistleblower action.

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If you have information regarding a whistleblower/qui tam case in San Francisco or elsewhere in California involving bank fraud under FIRREA/FIAFEA, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission Whistleblower Program, the Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower Program, False Claims Act cases, the Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Office, the FINRA Whistleblower Office and the California False Claims Act, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:info@evanslaw.com”>info@evanslaw.com</a>. Our attorneys also 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, equity indexed life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.

[1] Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in the case.

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