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Suppose you know that a company is defrauding the government; perhaps it is your place of employment. You believe you have actionable evidence, so you decide to report it and become a whistleblower. The problem is, you aren’t sure what to do or who to talk with after you make this decision.
We at the Louthian Law Firm applaud your decision to step forward to shine a light on fraud, and we are here to help. We have some suggestions for preparing your claim so that you will get the results you want.
When a person wants to make public a fraudulent activity that has been perpetrated against the government (such as Medicare/Medicaid, IRS, or defense contractor fraud), they will bring what is known as a qui tam suit, meaning you are acting on behalf of the government. The aim is to structure the claim so that the appropriate governmental body intervenes, or joins the suit. The Louthian Law Firm can help you do this.
But first, you must make sure your information is clear and substantive. That means you probably have some work to do before you talk with us, because, as the person with the knowledge of the fraud, you will have to bring us the details of the wrongdoing.
The very first thing you should do is to document everything you know about the fraud you want to report. Do so at home or another private location, and back up what you’ve written. If handwritten, make a photocopy. If entered into a computer, store a copy of the file in the cloud or on a flash drive. Keep any backed-up data someplace secure, but do not give it to another person to hold for you (more on this later).
What do you write down? Things to document include:
We realize that it may seem like a lot of information to gather and provide, but remember that your case may be in competition with other cases. Complete and concise information, with relevant details, are critical to gaining the government’s involvement. The more facts you have to support your claim, the more compelling your claim is.
If you do not possess the paper files needed to support your case, and they are in someone else’s office or otherwise off limits to you, do not take files that might jeopardize you, your safety, or your case. There are legal ways to access any needed files. Do not put yourself at risk by taking items that don’t belong to you.
The same goes for accessing electronic files on a private corporate network if you do not have the needed permissions. Do not place yourself in jeopardy.
Once you have assembled your information and talked with an attorney, and you have decided to move forward, the following steps generally occur in a qui tam case:
If you have knowledge concerning fraud against the government, an experienced whistleblower attorney like the ones at the Louthian Law Firm can assess your case and help you file the necessary disclosure statement. In some instances, the government will intervene (take part in your lawsuit).
One of the most important reasons to contact a qualified whistleblower attorney is that you are much more likely to meet with success if your claim is clear, concise and substantive. The Louthian Law Firm can help you structure your claim in such a way that the government will be more likely to intervene in your case, possibly increasing the chances that you will recover reward money. Even if the government doesn’t decide to intervene, it might still be advisable to pursue your case without government involvement, with our strong support through every step of the process.
For a free, confidential evaluation of your case, call the Louthian Law Firm today at (803) 454-1200 or fill out the online contact form. Louthian Law Firm. Seeking truth. Securing justice.