Whistleblower Lawyer New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia
Every year, billions of dollars in United States government contracts are awarded to private parties for work in national defense, road and bridge construction, and other areas. Millions of dollars more are paid out to parties in Medicare fraud or to settle legal claims and lawsuits filed against the federal government. Unfortunately, many of these transactions are fraudulent and harm the United States government by overpaying for services, paying for services that never were provided or paying to settle fraudulent civil lawsuits and Medicare costs.
To fight against private parties defrauding the federal government, law makers have long relied on qui tam laws, which empower private parties to file lawsuits on behalf of the United States seeking to recover financial damages suffered by the nation. "Qui tam" is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase "He who sues on behalf of the King, as well as for himself."
If you live anywhere in the Northeast – including New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York -- and want to act as a whistle blower under qui tam laws, contact a lawyer from Locks Law Firm to learn what legal rights you may have.
Filing a Qui Tam Lawsuit
Any person who knows of fraud against the United States government can file a lawsuit in a United States federal court against the company or person who is suspected of defrauding the government. Once filed, the person's lawsuit is reviewed by a United States Attorney and if the case is found to have merits, the government takes over prosecution of the case. It is imperative that your qui tam lawsuit is prepared properly by an experienced, qualified litigator. Locks Law Firm, based in Philadelphia and serving New York, can appoint a whistle blower (qui tam) lawyer to assist you.
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Grounds for a Qui Tam Lawsuit
While there are many circumstances that can give rise to a legitimate qui tam lawsuit on behalf of the United States government, the most common instances that form the basis for such lawsuits include:
- Preparing a false record, statement or bill to receive a false or fraudulent claim paid by the government
- Conspiring with another party to receive a false or fraudulent claim paid by the government
- Holding or concealing government property intending to permanently defraud the government
- Creating or delivering a false or fraudulent receipt for government property
- Fraudulently buying property of the government from someone who is not authorized to sell the property for the government
- Making a false statement to fraudulently avoid paying a debt to the government or to avoid delivering property to the government
- Causing someone else to submit a false or fraudulent claim to the government
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Qui Tam Damages
It is estimated that the United States takes over prosecution of up between 25% and 33% of all qui tam lawsuits that are filed.
If the government successfully prosecutes the party that is responsible for the fraud, substantial financial damages are ordered and the party who filed the qui tam lawsuit can receive up to 30% of the damages award. In some cases, parties who initiated a qui tam lawsuit have been awarded millions of dollars when the case is settled.
In order to receive financial damages, you must present a meritorious qui tam lawsuit that is properly organized and presented so that the allegations can be proven by governmental prosecutors. For residents of Philadelphia, New York and the Northeast, a whistle blower and qui tam lawyer from Locks Law Firm has the expertise, resources and knowledge to assist you in preparing a lawsuit that can earn you the largest financial damages award possible.
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Contact a Philadelphia and New York Whistle Blower (Qui Tam) Lawyer
Whistle blower lawsuits filed on behalf of the United States government can help prevent government fraud while netting the citizen who raises the complaint millions of dollars in damages. If you live in the Philadelphia and New York region, a whistle blower (qui tam) lawyer from Locks Law Firm can represent you in your lawsuit. Contact our office today to discuss your legal rights.
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