Congress instituted The False Claims Act (FCA) in order to hold individuals and businesses accountable if they partake in fraudulent activity regarding government entities. Individuals, called whistleblowers are urged to bring these claims to court on behalf of the government. Whistleblowers are imperative in providing such information to the government and are compensated for their assistance in an FCA claim.
In order to meet all of the elements of an FCA claim, plaintiffs must prove that the defendant knowingly provided to the government a claim that was untrue. Plaintiffs must prove that the defendant’s knowledge of their claim meets one of the following: the defendant knowingly knew what they were doing, had a reckless indifference or the defendant had a conscious disregard in providing the false information to the government. In essence, the defendant must have had the requisite “scienter” (knowledge) that the claim they brought to the government was false in some manner.
Individuals who have evidence that a person or business has violated the FCA are encouraged to bring forth their claims to the federal government. Evans Law Firm, Inc. practices in the area of false claims and whistleblower fraud cases, including IRS tax fraud and SEC (securities) fraud whistleblower cases. Please contact us for a free and confidential consultation 415-441-8669 or firstname.lastname@example.org.