Do you have information that your employer has submitted false claims against the government in an effort to defraud them of money or property? If the answer is yes, then you probably have enough ammunition for a qui tam lawsuit which is also the same as a False Claims Act lawsuit.
Qui tam is an abbreviation from the Latin "qui tam pro domino rege quam pro sic ipso in hoc parte sequitur" meaning "he who as well for the king as for himself sues in this matter."
What’s stopping you from proceeding? Are you afraid to move forward because of self doubt? The smart thing for you to do is consult a lawyer with your information. A lawyer has the knowledge and experience to determine if your information is viable. Let them turn your self-doubt into self-confidence.
Why consult a qui tam lawyer? If you go public with information before filing a False Claims Act lawsuit, you run the risk of someone else going public with that exact same information or information similar to yours. Think about it, if you know something, chances are that others could know about it too.
The reason to consult a lawyer first and filing the False Claims Act lawsuit first is—as the whistleblower, you are eligible to receive a percentage of recovered funds because you took a risk in exposing the fraud.
Forget about trying to reason with your employer, your coworker, your best friend, or writing about it on your blog. You must bring your claim of information to a qui tam attorney before anyone else, including the government. The False Claims Act outlines this fact clearly. However, if the government has been informed about the violations and did nothing, you may still be able to file a False Claims Act lawsuit.
Once the attorney has been consulted and the qui tam suit has been filed no one else can encroach on your territory.
Don’t try to be a hero without the legal process in your corner.
Here’s to justice – contact a qui tam lawyer today.