A Florida based biomedical research institute has agreed to pay $10 million to the federal government after a whistleblower brought allegation of research grant fraud to light. According to the Department of Justice press release, the whistleblower alleged that the institute charged NIH research grants for non-grant related activities like teaching, writing new grant applications, and various administrative tasks.
Under the False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblowers who uncovers fraud against the government stand to receive a portion of any recovery. The whistleblower in this case will be awarded $1.75 million for reporting the alleged fraud. The Act also provides whistleblowers with important protections from workplace retaliation.
If you have uncovered fraud against the government, contact the whistleblower attorneys at Miller Law Group today for a free and confidential consultation. You can also set up a consultation by calling us at (919) 348-4361.
The settlement discussed above is based on allegations only. No determination of liability has been made.