Qui Tam Whistleblower Actions
Proven Counsel from Chicago Whistleblower Attorneys
Pavich Law Group, P.C., is proud to represent clients in whistleblower cases, also known as Qui Tam cases. These cases are brought under the False Claims Act, a federal statute allowing private citizens to file actions on behalf of the government against federal contractors and other entities who have committed, or are actively committing, fraud against the government. Essentially acting on behalf of the federal government, individuals bringing Qui Tam actions often have insider knowledge of false claims made by contractors and typically involving health care (especially Medicare and Medicaid fraud), military or other government programs.
Individuals who successfully bring a Qui Tam action are entitled to receive some form of compensation, typically between 15-30% of the total recovery made by the government as a result of the case.
Procedurally, once a Qui Tam action is filed, the federal government, acting through the Department of Justice, determines whether to enter the lawsuit. However, even in cases where the government declines to intervene, individuals may still pursue their whistleblower claims, although recovery in such cases can be more difficult.
The False Claims Act has been enormously successful in recovering fraudulently obtained government funds, and also in deterring future fraudulent conduct against the United States. Since the passage of the Act in 1863, more than $27 billion has been recovered from actors accused of defrauding the government.
Qui Tam actions may result from fraud in many different areas, including:
- Medicaid fraud
- Medicare fraud
- Government procurement fraud
- Defense and military industrial complex contractor fraud
- Federal grant fraud
- Public works projects funded by the government
- Attempts by U.S. companies to evade federal export/import taxes
Regardless of the area, an individual wishing to bring a Qui Tam action must be represented by an attorney, as pro se actions are not allowed under the Act. Quite obviously, Qui Tam cases often involved sensitive and discreet investigations, requiring an experienced team to investigate and prosecute the case.
The whistleblower attorneys and investigators at Pavich Law Group, P.C., bring unrivaled experience to bear in Qui Tam cases. The attorneys and investigators on our Qui Tam team have experience working with the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. military intelligence, the United Nations and various domestic and international law enforcement agencies. Our team understands the nature of these claims like no other, and we act at all times with discretion in order to protect the interests of our clients while investigating claims.
If you believe you may have a Qui Tam type action, contact the Chicago whistleblower attorneys at Pavich Law Group, P.C., today to schedule a free consultation.