Whistleblowers in Florida who report Healthcare Fraud may be entitled to a monetary award under the Florida False Claims Act and federal False Claims Act.
Both the federal False Claims Act and the Florida False Claims Acts protects whistleblowers from workplace retaliation when they report fraud against government programs. Whistleblowers may also be entitled to collect a portion of any recovery.
Florida attorney, Chris Legg, along with whistleblower attorney W. Stacy Miller, II, fight to protect the rights of whistleblowers. One of the most common types of healthcare fraud is Medicare and Medicaid fraud. In 2018, the Department of Justice recovered $2.5 billion from the healthcare industry under the False Claims Act.
The FCA allows whistleblowers to file claims, called “qui tam” complaints, on behalf of the government. Qui tam complaints are filed under seal, meaning in secrete. The lawsuit remains under seal for a prescribed period to allow the government to investigate and decide whether to intervene in the case. If the government choses to intervene, the government takes the responsibility to prosecute the claims, and the whistleblower may receive up to 25% of any recovery.
The False Claims Act has specific rules and requirements. Therefore, it is important to consult with an experienced whistleblower lawyer before reporting the fraud. For a free consultation, contact us, or call 919-348-4361.