Experienced Tacoma, Washington Whistleblower Attorney
Whistle blowers with knowledge of the United States Government being defrauded of goods, money or services by government contractors or businesses receiving funds from the United States Treasury for work not performed or goods not delivered can receive a windfall if the government recovers from those that would steal from the government.
The federal False Claims Act is a statute that provides rewards of between 15 and 25 percent of any recovery made as a result of a whistle blower’s actions in reporting and filing suit to recover these ill gotten gains. Rewards to the whistle blower can, on occasion, be staggering. The awards have, on occasion, been in the 10’s of millions of dollars.
Many of the successful False Claims Act lawsuits arise from the medical field. That is because Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration are federally financed programs that provide medical care to almost one half of the population. Billions of dollars a year are paid to health care providers for this care. The heath care field is rife with schemes to defraud the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Prescription drug manufacturers, for example have had to pay millions of dollars back to the government for marketing their drugs to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries for “off label” treatments. Physicians and other medical care givers have billed the government for services not delivered. They have illegally “up coded” the care given to receive higher reimbursement rates than they are entitled to receive.
Some hospitals have charged illegal amounts to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, rendering the payments they have received from these programs fraudulent.
Other areas of government fraud can include defense and armaments contractors, paving contractors and firms engaged in the construction of government financed housing.
Doug Cloud has pursued False Claims Act claims for his clients and is not afraid to sue the most powerful businesses or local governments to recover tax money wrongfully taken from the government.
If you are a whistle blower, don’t delay. Call Doug Cloud today for a free evaluation of your case.