Qui Tam is more or less the weapon of the whistleblower. When an individual finds that their place of work is violating the law, especially when it includes defrauding the government, that individual can file a claim against their employer in order to stop the illegal action taking place. When this wrongdoing is reported, the government has the ability to collect three times of the damages that were inflicted upon them and the whistleblower can receive anywhere from 10% to 30% of the funds recovered from their employer. This is the beauty of Qui Tam law and how the citizen can become an integral part in ensuring that fraud against the government is prevented or reduced.
Qui Tam is a huge part of the False Claims Act. The Qui Tam law sets aside certain provisions for the whistleblower. If such provisions were not in place, then individuals would probably not report the wrongdoing of their employers due to fear of being retaliated against. That is why there is compensation paid to the informer for taking the risk. However, Qui Tam law states that an employer cannot retaliate against an individual for revealing their fraudulent activities. They cannot demote, suspend, fire, harass, threaten, or abuse the employee in any other way or they are in violation of federal law.
Obviously, Qui Tam is a very useful tool against committing fraud against the government and provides citizens with the opportunity to become part of that. As far as how you know whether or not you have a Qui Tam claim, it is rather easy. If you know that your employer has filed a false claim with the government in an effort to obtain money or property or to avoid paying a debt to the government, then you must contact an attorney. Before contacting the attorney, you should have such information as to who filed the claim, how you know that the claim is fraudulent, and as many details regarding the overall process as possible. In other words, you should be able to outline how you discovered the fraud to an attorney in order to file a Qui Tam suit.
Most importantly, don’t worry about being a whistleblower. If you have the adequate information, you will be able to file your Qui Tam suit and will be protected under Qui Tam law. So if you have knowledge of fraud occurring within your place of work and you are willing to become a whistleblower for the government, contact one of our lawyers today. You’ll find that you have done the right thing because government fraud involves more than just the government.