Unlike most civil lawsuits, a complaint is filed under seal with the court. While the complaint is under seal, neither the bad actor nor the public knows of the case. During this time, the Department of Justice may investigate the claim. The government may decide to intervene in the case or it may decline in prosecuting the case, in which case a relator may proceed with his/her claim. To reward a relator for reporting the fraud on the government, the False Claims Act provides awards of 15 to 30 percent of any recovery that the government receives if the case is successful.
For states that have a state false claims statute, this applies to fraud on state governments as well. Under some circumstances, such as in New Jersey for example, presenting a claim to an agent of the government or to a contractor or other recipient of state funds may trigger a violation of a state false claims act.
Don’t guess. Be sure. If you choose to blow the whistle against government fraud, call the attorneys experienced in False Claims Act litigation at Saltz, Mongeluzzi & Bendesky, P.C. at 215-575-3985 to confidentially evaluate your potential case; walk you through the requirements of the False Claims Act; and to maximize your ability to obtain a reward for reporting government fraud while protecting you from the possibility of retaliation. Until then, it is important not to discuss the matter with anyone other than your attorney, as doing so may jeopardize your ability to recover under the False Claims Act.