In 2015 Maryland broadened their False Claims Act beyond Medicaid fraud to include false claims against, directly or indirectly, the State of Maryland and/or County governments.
The Maryland False Claims Act prohibits a person or business from knowingly making a false or fraudulent claim for payment to Maryland governments or failing to pay monetary obligation to the government.
Like the federal False Claims Act, the Maryland False Claims Act imposes significant fines against the wrongdoer, and may require the treble damages of the actual harm. A Maryland whistleblower may be awarded up to 25% of any monetary recovery.
Unlike the federal False Claims Act, under the Maryland False Claims Act the whistleblower is not allowed to proceed on the claim if the government chooses not to intervene.
The Maryland False Claims Act protects whistleblowers from retaliation by their employer. The Act allows the whistleblower to recover 2x their back pay, and other compensatory damages.
The statute of limitations requires a complaint to be filed within 10 years of the date on which the act occurred.
If you are aware of fraud that is being committed against the government in Maryland and would like to speak with an attorney for a free consultation, contact us here or by calling (919) 348-4361.
To view the full Maryland False Claims Act click here.