The 2018 numbers are in, the DOJ reports that the United States recovered $2.8 billion in False Claims Acts cases. Of the $2.8 billion, $2.5 billion was attributable to the healthcare industry.
As in past years, fraud in the healthcare industry leads all other industries in recoveries under the False Claims Act. Whistleblowers, those who report the fraud, were awarded over $300 million in 2018. Why? Government officials realized that most fraud goes unreported. That why the FCA was created to incentivize whistleblowers to report the fraud by allowing whistleblowers to receive a percentage of the recovery.
Some of the most common healthcare fraud is Medicare Fraud, Medicaid Fraud, and Illegal Kickbacks.
Many states have their own state false claims acts, for example North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia.
North Carolina’s False Claims Act, like the federal FCA, protects whistleblowers from work place retaliation for reporting fraud against their employers.
It is important to consult an experienced whistleblower lawyer before reporting the fraud. If reported incorrectly, a whistleblower may lose her rights to recover.
If you are considering on becoming a whistleblower, contact the lawyers at Miller Law Group for a free consultation, or call 919-348-4361.
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