Whistleblowers deserve protection and a reward for calling out wrongdoers. Like whistleblowers throughout the nation, North Carolina whistleblowers play an integral role in fighting fraud and abuse.
Fraudulent and abusive practices account for the loss of billions of dollars in the U.S. economy. And the bottom line, the taxpayer is picking up the bill. That is why many whistleblower laws protect and encourage those with knowledge of the wrongdoing to blow the whistle on the fraud and abuse.
“There are many different national and state statutes whistleblowers may rely on for protection. However, it is important to choose the right statute or law to give a whistleblower the most protection and a possible award. Our experience representing whistleblowers is invaluable when developing strategies to benefit our clients,” says W. Stacy Miller, II of Miller Law Group.
Many states have recently adopted a version of the federal False Claims Act, and North Carolina is one of those states. The North Carolina False Claims Act, allows whistleblowers to file “qui tam” claims against a defendant who is defrauding N. C. governmental programs, like Medicaid for example.
Qui tam claims are filed under seal, meaning in secrete, and if successful whistleblowers may receive a percentage of any recovery. The NC FCA also has provisions that protect whistleblower from retaliation by employers.
It is important to speak with an experienced whistleblower lawyer prior to reporting the wrongdoing. Many whistleblower laws have specific requirements that must be followed. Failure to follow these specific requirements may disqualify a whistleblower from an award.
Miller Law Group has extensive experience representing whistleblowers in many different business sectors. If you are considering becoming a whistleblower, contact Miller Law Group for a free consultation or call 919-348-4361.
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