Types of Fraud

As citizens we pay taxes that help the government to perform vital public services. When the government is defrauded, it is the people who end up paying the price.

The Department of Justice is eager to work with insiders and other individuals who have knowledge of false claims being submitted to the government. Whistleblower claims brought against the government may be based on federal and/or state False Claims Acts, IRS, SEC, Dodd-Frank, or other laws.


The following are common examples of government fraud and whistleblower claims:

  • Charging for goods and services that were not provided
  • False negotiation or defective pricing claims – submitting false cost or pricing data to the government during the negotiation of a contract to obtain an artificially inflated contract price
  • Falsely claiming that products were made in America
  • Exposing military personnel to health risks by unlawfully emitting pollution or improperly disposing of hazardous materials
  • Government contractors’ failure to satisfy the performance requirements of a contract or failure to comply with sourcing requirements under federal law
  • Misrepresenting that a company is a minority-owned business in seeking a government contract
  • Using substandard building materials
  • Billing for labor, materials, or equipment that was not used to perform the government contract
  • Billing for costs that are not covered by government programs, such as marketing, sales, and lobbying costs

Whistleblowers are eligible to collect a substantial financial reward for bringing forth information and filing a successful lawsuit against companies that submit false or fraudulent claims to the government.

If your employer or a company you do business with is engaged in a scheme to enrich themselves at the cost of the American taxpayer, contact our attorneys for a confidential discussion about your legal rights.