Protecting and rewarding whistleblowers has been on the government’s agenda for over 150 years. Watch the video to learn about the origins of the False Claims Act and what it means to whistleblowers today.
Did you know? A law passed during the Civil War helps the government fight fraud to this day.
The American Civil War was marked by fraud. Unscrupulous contractors sold sick horses as healthy ones, passed off sawdust as gunpowder and sold shabby soldiers’ uniforms that crumbled in the rain.
Back then, the government, broke and unable to audit the extensive fraud, rewarded employees for turning in their companies. That’s how the False Claims Act was born.
The False Claims Act exists to encourage, protect, and reward those who report fraud against the government. Its qui tam provision was enacted so that private citizens, called relators, can file a suit on behalf of the government.
Examples of qui tam claims include billing for services that were not provided, or overbilling, and selling defective or dangerous products to the government
The government simply can’t monitor every doctor’s procedures and billing practices.
That’s why they need your help.