Government Contractors May Defraud The Government
Whistleblowers Rewarded For Blowing Whistle
Contractors who defraud the government in connection with federally funded construction projects or other government orders for work projects or goods violate the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 et seq. (FCA). Private citizens who report such fraud may be rewarded when the government recovers. 13 U.S.C. § 3731. The San Francisco and California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent individuals with credible information of any type of fraud against the government, including fraud committed by contractors in connection with goods sold to the government or work performed on government construction projects. 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.
In a recently announced settlement by the Department of Justice (DOJ), a contractor agreed to pay $1 million to resolve allegations that it violated the FCA by misrepresenting its use of a small disadvantaged business to obtain a federally-funded construction contract. “The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program of the Department of Transportation creates important opportunities for small businesses to participate in construction projects paid for with federal funds,” said Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division. “We will hold accountable those who misrepresent their compliance with program requirements to obtain taxpayer funds to which they are not entitled, and thereby undermine the program’s goal of supporting small businesses.” The suit asserted allegations that the contractor knowingly made false representations regarding its plans to use a disadvantaged small firm on the project. The individuals who brought the whistleblower case will reportedly be rewarded from the settlement.
Insiders like employees, former employees, and salespersons may various fraudulent schemes like the one alleged in this case. If you have original information of this kind of fraud or any other fraud being perpetrated against the government here in San Francisco or elsewhere in California, call Ingrid M. Evans and the other whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. 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 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.