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False Claims Act

How long do I have to file a claim under the False Claims Act?

Under the False Claims Act, an action must be filed within six years from the date of the violation or three years after the government knows or should have known about the violation. But in no event can an action be taken longer than ten years after the violation.

Whistleblowers must follow the first-to-file rule. Under this rule, only the first person to file a case under the False Claims Act is entitled to a whistleblower reward. If you file your case even one day after another whistleblower who files the same case, you can lose your right to receive a reward.
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Will I be eligible for a reward or compensation?

Whistleblowers can be rewarded for confidentially disclosing fraud that results in a financial loss to the federal government. Provided that their original information results in a successful prosecution, whistleblowers are awarded a mandatory reward of between 15 and 30 percent of the collected proceeds.
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How will I be protected as a whistleblower?

It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against a whistleblower who has reported, or attempted to report, the illegal conduct of the employer.
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What is considered a False Claims Act violation?

The essence of a False Claim is that someone is attempting to cheat the government out of its money. There are many different ways this can occur, and False Claims Act violations are particularly, but not exclusively, prevalent in the healthcare field.
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