A whistleblower who uncovered fraudulent overcharges by a government contractor has helped recover $57.75 million. According to the government’s press release, the whistleblower alleged that various contractors hired by the government to design, construct, and maintain a water treatment plant defrauded the government by improperly billing labor costs. Some of the labor costs billed included hours where workers were idle do to insufficient management of the project.
The whistleblower filed this action under a federal statute known as the False Claims Act (FCA). This law allows those who uncover fraud against the government to report it and aid the government in its efforts to recoup funds. The FCA also allows whistleblowers to share in any recovery. In this case, the whistleblower was awarded $13,750,000.00.
While the FCA only applies to fraud perpetrated against the federal government, many states have analogous laws.
If you have uncovered fraud against the government, contact the whistleblower lawyers at Miller Law Group today for a free and confidential consultation. You can also set up your consultation by calling us at (919) 348-4361.
The settlement discussed above is based on allegations only. No determination of liability has been made.