In part due to the significant amount of fraud on the U.S. and state government, Congress and state legislatures have created whistleblower laws that not only protect the whistleblowers from retaliation but allow them to share in moneys recouped by the government as a result of the information provided. Liability under one whistleblower law, the False Claims Act happens when someone 1) knowingly presents (or causes to be presented) a false or fraudulent claim for payment; 2) knowingly makes, uses or causes to be used a false statement material to a false or fraudulent claim; 3) conspires with others to commit a false claim; 4) knowingly makes, uses or causes to be made or used a false record or statement to conceal, avoid or decrease an obligation to pay money to the federal government.
Are you a Whistleblower?
Generally, whistleblowers are individuals who are “original sources” of information not previously known by the government. This means that previous public release of the information may mean that no whistleblower case can be taken. The government wants new information.
Special whistleblower protections against retaliation
All of the important whistleblower laws have special protections for whistleblowers against retaliation including termination for revealing information to the government. For more information about these protections call Attorney Newman’s office at 617-823-3217.
Whistleblower laws allow the whistleblowers to receive between 15-30% of the moneys recovered by the
government in successful cases.