Episode 4: Investigative Techniques

Qui tam litigation requires extensive research, experience, persistence and empathy. James Young guides those new to representing whistleblowers through common investigative techniques in qui tam cases.

In this episode, James highlights common mistakes made by first-time qui tam attorneys and offers advice about how to build the most qualified possible case before filing a disclosure statement. If a whistleblower’s evidence is insufficient, for example, it is sometimes possible to request supplementary evidence from other clients that work at the fraudulent company.

In addition, former FBI Investigator David Reign offers valuable insights about how to safely collect evidence, the importance of timing in qui tam cases, and what whistleblowers should do if their employers asked them to sign a confidentiality agreement.

Episode Topics

00:28 Common sense approaches to investigating an initial whistleblower claim

02:36 Three buckets of evidence

03:55 Writing and filing the disclosure statement

08:12 Preparing for the government interview

09:56 The government’s investigation

12:36 The government decides whether to intervene

13:22 Former FBI Investigator David Reign on his role in whistleblower cases

Learn more about investigating whistleblower claims.