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Your tax dollars are used to support important government programs — programs that help train and equip our armed forces, provide food and shelter for those who cannot afford it, and drive medical research on possible cures for life-threatening diseases. Unfortunately, every day, a portion of this money ends up in the pockets of wrongdoers.
How does this happen?
The government contracts with private companies to provide a vast array of products and services, everything from military aircraft to office buildings to healthcare for the elderly. Most of these private companies are ethical; some are not. Some overbill the government for the products and services they provide. Others bill the government for products and services they fail to provide. And then there are those that deliberately fail to follow program requirements for receiving taxpayer dollars. In each of these situations, these companies are guilty of fraud.
What are the most common types of fraud against U.S. taxpayers?
Fraud against U.S. taxpayers comes in many forms. Perhaps the most common types are:
Government Contracting Fraud
- Failing to give the government the best price available to commercial customers
- Billing the government at inflated rates
- Switching costs from a fixed price contract to a cost plus contract to cut a contractor’s losses
- Failing to pay prevailing wages
- Billing for procedures that are not medically necessary
- Billing for services not rendered
- “Upcoding” services to a higher lever to receive a greater payment
- Backdating or post-dating earnings to move income into a different year
- Employing questionable tax shelters
- Under-reporting revenue or over-reporting losses
- Concealing earnings from transactions on foreign stock
- Sheltering income in sham
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Fraud
- Marketing drugs or medical devices for off-label uses
- Offering or receiving items of value (i.e., kickbacks) in return for prescribing certain drugs or performing certain procedures
- Failing to comply with good manufacturing practices
What can I do?
If you know of a company or an individual defrauding U.S. taxpayers and are willing to come forward, you may qualify for a monetary award. The federal False Claims Act provides that a person who reports fraud against U.S. taxpayers—known as a “relator”— can receive a percentage of any money the government is able to recover. A monetary reward also is available for reporting the intentional underpayment of taxes.
Why do I need a Whistleblower Attorney?
You do not need a whistleblower attorney to report fraud. However, by retaining us to investigate and develop your claim, you may increase the likelihood of obtaining a reward. Also, if you are an employee of a company that you believe is committing fraud, we can help counsel you on your employment rights and the legal protections afforded to whistleblowers.