Government Payments For Unproductive Work
Contractors Settle False Claims Suit for $58 Million
Blowing The Whistle On Improper Billing
Improper billing by government contractors and service providers costs taxpayers millions of dollars every year. Individuals with information about improper billing of the government may have grounds for bringing a whistleblower (or qui tam) under the False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq. If the government recovers, the whistleblower is eligible for a reward. 31 U.S.C. § 3730(d). The whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represents individuals who bring FCA cases for fraudulent billing submitted to the government. If you have credible, original information of fraud committed by a government contractor or service provider, call us today at (415)441-8669 or toll free at (888)503-8267 and we can help.
Government Contractor Fraudulent Billing
Allegations in a recently settled FCA case against a government contractor illustrate the kinds of fraudulent billing practices that may constitute fraud. According to the complaint, two large government contractors inflated work hours billed to the government by charging the government for downtime in which the workers were paid although no work was performed. In addition, the contractors allegedly scheduled overtime for weekends even after knowing workers had downtime during the work week, according to the complaint. The contractors settled the allegations for $58 million without admitting the alleged wrongdoing.
Building a False Claims Case
If you have information of fraudulent timekeeping or billing practices by government contractors, you could have the basis for a whistleblower suit under the FCA. The whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm can work with you to assemble and present your evidence in a complaint that brings a qui tam case. The complaint remains sealed while the government considers the evidence you have presented in the sealed, confidential complaint. 31 U.S.C. § 3730(b). If the government recovers, you will be eligible for a percentage of the recovery. 31 U.S.C. § 3730(d). Your employer is not allowed to retaliate against you for bringing a whistleblower case, and if they do, you can bring an action against them for wrongful retaliation under 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h) and applicable California laws. The litigators at Evans Law Firm can represent you in the wrongful retaliation case as well as in your qui tam case.
If you have information that a government contractor is fraudulently billing the federal government or the State of California, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm at (415) 441-8669, or toll free at (888)503-8267, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a>. Ingrid and the other whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm also handle qui tam cases involving bank fraud under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), securities and banking law violations under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commodity trading and securities fraud under the Commodities Futures Trading Commission Whistleblower Program and the Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower Program, and income tax fraud and offshore tax avoidance schemes under the Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Program
 Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in the case in any way.