The federal government and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts provide an incentive for private citizens to report the wrongdoing of any company receiving government funds. The False Claims Act, originally signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln, contains whistleblower provisions. These cases are sometimes referred to as qui tam cases. At Heinlein Beeler Mingace & Heineman, P.C., we help private citizens collect a percentage of the funding that is recovered by the government.
If you have witnessed a false claim under a state or federally funded contract or program, contact an attorney from our firm to discuss your options.Federal and Massachusetts False Claims Acts
Private citizens with evidence of fraud against the government are allowed to bring forward a lawsuit on behalf of the government. This applies to federal and state governmental contracts and programs. The whistleblower may be awarded between 15 and 25 percent of the funds the government recovers.
A company that receives government funds operates under strict regulations regarding what they can and cannot do with those funds. They are also given directives for appropriately recording funded activities. When a person or entity engages in fraudulent activity, whether through double billing for services or for things such as Medicare fraud, private citizens can step in to help. The Massachusetts False Claims Act allows people to hold other citizens and entities accountable for their tax dollars.
These claims require a high level of attention to detail and an understanding of the complexity of government programs. Contact Heinlein Beeler Mingace & Heineman, P.C. to discuss the advisability of following through with a lawsuit regarding whistleblower statutes.