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If you have witnessed fraud or wrongdoing at your place of work, you should know that the law is on your side and will protect you should you choose to report the wrongdoing. At Robins Cloud LLP, our experienced and dedicated Government Fraud Attorneys are here to help you and make sure that your confidentiality is maintained.

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There is no way to know who might be involved in the workplace fraud. It is better to convey the information to an expert on these issues and let them ask and answer questions if and when the time comes.

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Because incidents involving government fraud are very sensitive in nature, the attorneys at Robins Cloud LLP take every precaution to make sure your confidentiality is maintained. If you have witnessed or heard fraud occurring in the workplace, there are also actions that you should take in order to protect yourself.

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If you are thinking about becoming a whistleblower, one of the very best things you to is locate the most qualified whistleblower attorney with a proven track record. A good whistleblower lawyer will be the most beneficial defense in your fight for justification and may make the obvious difference between winning or losing your whistleblowing case. It is important to know you have the greatest whistleblower attorney on your side, and with Robins Cloud LLP, you will have the best working for you.

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Wrongdoing or Fraudulent Activity in the Workplace

Government fraud can take on a variety of forms, including:

  • Contractor and Procurement Scams. When a contractor or procurement scam occurs, the perpetrator typically creates a dummy or false company and employs a staff that does not really exist. The fake company also enters into contracts or agreements with contractors that do not exist. Even though the company is an illusion, it intentionally claims deductions and exemptions in order to reduce taxes that are due and to obtain a tax refund.
  • Falsifying Tax Information. One way in which someone can falsify tax information is if they intentionally withhold income from employees claiming that they are doing so for tax purposes when that is really not the case. Instead, the funds are taken and used for the own personal benefit of those managing the payroll.
  • Heath Care Fraud. When health care fraud occurs, someone, such as a health care provider, files claims on behalf of patients covered by Medicaid or Medicare for services that were never rendered. The patient is usually unaware that this is occurring since the claims are remitted directly to government agencies. If these claims are honored and the agency issues payment to the care provider, the money and the claims typically disappear from any official accounting records.

Other examples of government fraud can include bribery in government contracts or procurement, false or double billing, substitution of inferior parts, and false certification of the quality of parts or of test results. While these are only a few examples of government fraud, as mentioned above, any fraud against the government is considered a serious crime, and ultimately, it is the taxpayer who suffers. While government money could be used for improving infrastructure, or for providing more government services, fraud means that this money or these funds are no longer there. When individuals or companies intentionally steal from the government, these benefits and services are reduced or eliminated, and many people and communities are adversely impacted.

Other Information about Government Fraud in the Workplace

In 2015, the United States Department of Justice obtained more than $3.5 billion in judgments and settlements from cases involving false claims and fraud against the government. Of the $3.5 billion, $1.9 billion came from individuals and companies in the health care industry for allegedly providing inadequate or unnecessary care, overcharging for services and goods paid for by Medicaid, Medicare, and other federal health care programs, and for paying kickbacks to health care providers to induce the use of certain services and goods. The next largest amount that was recovered was related to government contracts. Judgments and settlements in these cases totaled about $1.1 billion.

The False Claims Act is the main law under which the government seeks remedies from those who engage in government fraud. The law covers government contract and health care fraud, as well as fraud that occurs in relation to federally insured mortgages and loans, highway funds, agricultural programs, research grants, and disaster assistance. Congress strengthened the law in 1986 to increase incentives for those who witnessed wrongdoing, also known as whistleblowers or relators, to file lawsuits on behalf of the government.

When a false claim is filed, it is usually filed under the law’s whistleblower provisions allowing an individual to file a lawsuit on behalf of the government that alleges false claims or fraud against the government. These types of lawsuits are typically referred to as qui tam actions. If the government is successful in the lawsuit, the whistleblower can receive up to thirty percent of the recovery. In 2015, whistleblowers filed 638 qui tam actions on behalf of the government.