False Claim Act Lawyers

Experienced False Claim Act Attorneys

Hospitals, clinics and other medical organizations work extensively with the federal government. Generally their conduct is above board, but fraud can occur. The False Claims Act, also called the “Lincoln Law,” makes it a crime for people and companies (typically federal contractors) to defraud the government through false medical claims. The whistleblower, the person who reports the false claims, is eligible for a portion of the recovered damages and will be protected from retaliation.

Reporting fraud in a healthcare setting is the right thing to do, but it can be personally complicated and emotionally difficult. At Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs, we’ll fight to make sure you get the compensation you deserve for acting as a whistleblower.

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Common Examples of False Claims Act Violations

False claims violations in Wisconsin often include:

  • Charging the government for more than was provided
  • Fraudulently seeking a government contract
  • Submitting a false application for a government loan or grant
  • Demanding payment for goods or services that don’t meet requirements
  • Requesting payment for goods or services that are defective or of lesser quality than originally contracted
  • Submitting a claim that falsely certifies that the defendant has complied with a law, contract term or regulation
  • Attempting to pay the government less than is owed
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Common Questions About the False Claims Act

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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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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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 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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Legal Options in a False Claims Act

If you are involved in a false claims act case, Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs will fight for your compensation, which may include up to 30 percent of the collected proceeds.

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