The False Claims Act was established to encourage whistleblowers to report fraud by allowing individual whistleblowers to receive a percentage of the government’s recovery.
A recent case in North Carolina highlights how an inside employee with knowledge of fraud can help others, and still be protected and compensated under the False Claims Act.
The Department of Justice recently collected $112.5 million from Duke University under the False Claims Act. In an action initiated by a whistleblower, the DOJ alleged that Duke submitted false research to procure federal grants from the National Institutes of Heath.
The whistleblower that initiated the claim under the False Claims Act was awarded $33.7 million.
If you are considering becoming a whistleblower, it is important to speak with an experienced whistleblower lawyer before reporting the fraud. The FCA has specific requirements that must be followed. Failure to follow these requirements could result in a whistleblower being ineligible for an award.
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