Whistleblowers in South Carolina are entitled to protection and an award under the False Claims Act. Before reporting the fraud, it is important to seek advice from a lawyer who are experienced with the False Claims Act.
The False Claims Act incentivizes whistleblower to report fraud against the government by allowing a whistleblower to receive up to 30% of any recovery, and up to 25% of any recovery when government intervenes in the case.
Whistleblowers are also protected under FCA from workplace retaliation, which may include reinstatement, 2x back pay, special damages, and attorney’s fees.
Claims filed under the FCA are called “qui tam” lawsuit and are filed under seal – meaning in secrete. The most common types of qui tam lawsuits are cased involving: Healthcare Fraud, Medicare Fraud, Medicaid Fraud, and Government Contract Fraud.