Some individuals who believe that they may have a government fraud claim against their employer may not be 100% sure because they are not certain who can and can’t have a Qui Tam lawsuit filed against them. Actually, this is a very good question, which makes it fair to say that a Qui Tam lawyer is going to be the best source for information. However, it is good to have a general knowledge of who can be sued, but it is always good to consult with an attorney if you feel your place of employment has violated the False Claims Act in any way.
First of all, a Qui Tam lawsuit cannot be filed against taxpayers for tax fraud. That is an entirely different entity in itself and the IRS takes care of such fraud on their own. Although tax dollars is the source of income for the United States, the IRS is in charge of taking care of these issues. Nevertheless, other individuals who have defrauded the U.S. government in another way, such as filing a false claim for money or property in one form or another is subject to a Qui Tam lawsuit if there is evidence that such activity took place.
Businesses are also subject to the False Claim Act and it is fraudulent activities of businesses that lead to these huge whistleblower cases that we hear of in the media. The whistleblower has evidence that their employer engaged in fraudulent activities that resulted in the government losing funds. They take that evidence to a Qui Tam lawyer and they file a Qui Tam lawsuit if the evidence is enough. In the meantime the whistleblower is protected under the law from any kind of retaliation. As for the businesses that can defraud the government, they can be corporations, partnerships, sole-proprietorships, or even non-profit organizations. Practically anyone can partake in this type of fraud and practically any citizen who has information, but files a claim before anyone else, can be a whistleblower.
However, one question comes up and that is whether or not a local government can be sued by a Qui Tam lawyer for violations. That is actually dependent upon the laws of the state and involves a very complex process. That shouldn’t cause a whistleblower to shy away from making their claim due to the fact that there have been cases in the past in which the whistleblower has been successful against a local government.
So if you feel that you have enough evidence to present a Qui Tam lawyer, come see us today and we will evaluate your evidence. If we find that you have enough within your claim to bring action against the offender, we will file a Qui Tam lawsuit on your behalf. Let us help you do what is right.