Whistleblowers deserve protection and an award for reporting fraud against government programs. Prominent South Carolina lawyer Butch Bowers has teamed with Top whistleblower lawyer W. Stacy Miller, of Miller Law Group, to protect the rights of whistleblowers.
Since most fraud goes unreported, congress enacted the federal The False Claims Act to encourage whistleblowers to report fraud against federal programs, like Medicare and Medicaid. The FCA empowers whistleblowers, called relators, to file claims on behalf of the government. These claims are call “qui tam” lawsuits, and are filed under seal – meaning in secrete.
While the lawsuit is under seal, the government investigates the claim to decide whether to intervene in case. If the government intervenes, a whistleblower may receive up to 25% of any recovery. The FCA also protects whistleblower from retaliation by an employer.
It is important for a whistleblower to speak with an experienced whistleblower lawyer prior to reporting the fraud. If a whistleblower fails to follow specific requirements under the FCA, the whistleblower could forfeit an award.
If you are considering becoming a whistleblower, contact us for a free consultation – or call 919-348-4361.