A former employee of Tremco Roofing spent more than twenty years working for the company, but resigned in 2009 because he believed that the company was acting in an unethical manner. After his allegations regarding the conduct of the company went unaddressed internally, he resigned and reported his concerns to the federal government. The employee had worked his way up in the company from a roofing technician to the Vice President of Product Management and he walked away from a lucrative position due to his concerns. The employee became a whistleblower when he filed a complaint under the False Claims Act. The whistleblower alleged that Tremco Roofing had made false claims to the U.S. government by offering higher prices to the government as opposed to the lower prices that it offered to private customers. It is also alleged that Tremco marketed expensive materials to the government without disclosing the opportunity to purchase comparable lower cost materials, and selling and installing defective products and systems in federal buildings. Whistleblower attorneys remind the public that whistleblowers help save the government millions of dollars every year.
In August of 2013, Tremco agreed to settle the case by paying the government more than $60 million dollars plus interest for claims from January 2002 – March 2011. In this case, the whistleblower is entitled to 17.9% of the recovery.
The whistleblower in this case opened a small roofing consulting business after leaving his position at Tremco. The past few years have been difficult financially for him, especially considering the state of the economy. The actions of the whistleblower lead to a substantial recovery of taxpayer funds.
False Claims Act cases allow average citizens to take part in stopping fraud against the federal government. The False Claims Act is a statute that is intended to ensure fair contracting between the government and its contractors. Any person with information regarding a false or fraudulent claim against the federal government can file a lawsuit on the government’s behalf. After an investigation, if the government chooses to intervene they can reclaim funds that were overpaid as a result of the fraudulent conduct.
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