The Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act imposes liability on persons who knowingly present false or fraudulent claims for payment with state funds. The Act allows whistleblowers to file lawsuits against these persons if they know that such acts are taking place.
Under the Act a whistleblower may recover a portion of the monetary recovery. If the State of Virginia intervenes in the matter, the whistleblower can receive between 15 and 25 percent. If the State does not choose to intervene and the whistleblowers proceeds on their own, they may receive between 25 and 30 percent of the monetary recovery.
The Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who act as whistleblowers.
A whistleblower must bring their claim within ten years of the date the violation occurred in order for it to be within the statute of limitations.
To read the language of the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, click here.
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