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  • Find out who can file a qui tam lawsuit from the FGBO whistleblower attorneys. Read more on the FGBO blog. Reach out to us if you have a qui tam case. A wide range of individuals and entities can file qui tam lawsuits when they have evidence of fraud against the government. Although the government is considered the true plaintiff in qui tam actions, the whistleblower, also known as a relator, brings the wrongdoing to light on behalf of the government. And the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act empower whistleblowers to help fight fraud and to receive up

  • The experienced whistleblower attorneys from FGBO Law explain all you need to know about qui tam lawsuits. Read more on the FGBO blog. Qui tam lawsuits are a critical tool in fighting fraud and corruption against the federal government as well as Florida’s state government and even some municipalities. The qui tam provisions included in the False Claims Act (FCA) empower individuals and non-government organizations to be whistleblowers on behalf of the government.  Qui tam is Latin for he who sues in this matter for the king as well as for himself.  And when a whistleblower prevails in a qui tam

  • Perhaps the most popular and successful program that the United States has launched to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).  Administered by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”), the PPP provides forgivable loans and emergency financial assistance to businesses suffering economic hardships related to the pandemic.  The most recent data from the SBA shows that the United States has approved more than 6 million loans totaling almost $600 billion. The availability of such vast amounts of money has, of course, attracted the attention of fraudsters.  And it is certain that countless loans have been

  • Whistleblower Lawsuits Each year the Department of Justice releases statistics for the previous year’s False Claims Act cases.  These statistics reveal among other things, how many False Claims Act lawsuits were filed, what the United States recovered, and how much the United States shared with the whistleblowers that disclosed fraud against the government. Not surprisingly given the unusual nature of the year, 2020 was a relatively small year for False Claims Act recoveries.  In 2020 the United States recovered $2.2 billion through False Claims Act cases, down from $3.1 billion in 2019.  Nevertheless, this is the tenth straight year that False Claims

  • Although the False Claims Act is the best-known federal whistleblower statute, several other federal laws aim to protect those that come forward with information about specific wrongs. For example, the Dodd-Frank Act includes a provision that pays whistleblowers that provide the Securities and Exchange Commission with information leading to a successful enforcement action. And effective January 1, 2021, a new whistleblower law has come into effect to encourage those with information about illegal money laundering to report that information to the United States. Specifically, the Anti-Money Laundering Act (“AMLA”) now provides that individuals that disclose original information about money-laundering or violations

  • Although countless nonprofit organizations across the country work hard to serve their communities, not all such organizations are above committing fraud.  And when they defraud the United States, nonprofits can find themselves in the crosshairs of a False Claims Act lawsuit. Take the United States v. Industries for the Blind, Inc., a recent example from the Eastern District of Wisconsin.  In that case, a former employee of Industries for the Blind, Inc. (“IBI”) alleged that the company obtained contracts to sell goods to the United States through AbilityOne, a federal agency through which the United States procures goods manufactured by the

  • Telehealth is the use of videoconferencing and phone communications to support and promote long-distance patient healthcare. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government had strict rules in place limiting Medicare payments for telehealth services. Generally, Medicare would only pay for telehealth services if the patient lived in a rural area with limited services and if the doctor provided the services from a specific site (i.e. physician’s office or hospital).

  • The outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 virus have already presented and will continue to present enormous challenges to the U.S. Government and to the country as a whole. Both as a public health issue and an economic issue, the situation is nearly unprecedented. The U.S has already committed billions to the fight. And in the coming weeks, months, and years, the U.S. will spend trillions to keep the citizens safe and to minimize economic fallout.

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