Whistleblowers who report fraud, wrongdoing, or other misconduct are courageous individuals. Often whistleblowers jeopardize their jobs and reputations when reporting fraud and misconduct. To help minimize risk, whistleblowers should consider the following:
- There are many different whistleblower laws: research and seek legal advice on which law best protects your rights.
- Do not disclose confidential or protected information without considering which whistleblower law best protects you.
- Do not talk with anyone, other than your lawyer, about your intention to become a whistleblower.
- Even if a whistleblower participates in the wrongdoing that they are reporting, many whistleblower laws still afford protection.
- Whistleblowers often receive monetary awards for reporting fraud.
The False Claims Act is a valuable tool for whistleblowers who report fraud against the government. The most common types of cases involving the False Claims Act are healthcare fraud, government contracting fraud, and fraud involving federal grants.
For a whistleblower to be eligible to receive an award under the False Claims Act, the whistleblower must be the original source of the fraudulent information and be the first to file a claim.
If you are considering becoming a whistleblower, contact Miller Law Group for a free consultation, or call 919-348-4361.