False Submissions For Relief Defraud The Government
Whistleblowers Rewarded For Blowing Whistle
Government relief programs often follow disasters like the 2017 North Bay Fires or Hurricane Katrina, and with of course good reason. But whenever government money is available, there seems to be no shortage of persons using fraudulent tactics to get at that money. False claims under disaster relief programs, or any other government-funded program, 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. 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.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced it is intervening in a whistleblower case involving false claims under a Hurricane Katrina relief program. According to allegations in the unsealed complaint, a large architecture and engineering firm knowingly submitted false claims on behalf of applicants seeking disaster relief funds, including by using inflated repair estimates and other false information that improperly increased funding for applicants. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that certain applicants falsely certified the accuracy of certain information and are thus jointly and severally liable for false claims prepared and submitted by the defendant on their behalf. The whistleblower suit was initiated by a former project specialist with the defendant firm.
Insiders like employees, former employees, and project supervisors, auditors or accountants may have information about 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.