When someone makes a false statement, whether intentionally, recklessly, or even mistakenly, on which you rely to your own detriment, they may be liable for fraud. The same is true if, instead, they conceal an important fact, which results in harm to you.
At the Ryder Law Firm, we have over 23 years’ experience representing victims of fraud, whether in the context of a complex business transaction, the sale of consumer goods or services, or in an effort to conceal assets and avoid satisfying a judgment. We understand the consequences, financial and otherwise, of being the victim of fraud.
Qui Tam Actions
A qui tam lawsuit is brought by someone who suspects that the United States government has been defrauded. A qui tam action is a means of encouraging employees and others to notify the government of such fraud. Under the False Claims Act, an individual may file a qui tam lawsuit on behalf of the government and keep a portion of any recovery. The reward generally is between 15% and 30% of the government’s recovery. An employer is prohibited from retaliating against an employee (also referred to as a “relator” or “whistleblower”) who reports what they reasonably believe to be fraud.
Qui tam actions may arise in a variety of situations, to include defense contractors that have improperly billed the United Sates for goods or services or healthcare or pharmaceutical providers that have improperly billed Medicare.
To pursue a qui tam claim, the selection of a qualified attorney is critical. Certain steps must be taken to protect your rights and to ensure that any potential claim can be pursued. If you believe that you have knowledge of fraudulent billing practices by your employer, contact the Ryder Law Firm. We can help advise you as to what should (and should not) be done under the circumstances.