Whistleblower Retaliation Protections

The United States has several programs in place that protect whistleblowers who report the unlawful actions of people and corporations who defraud the government. The two most significant are the federal False Claims Act and the whistleblower protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Whistleblower attorney James Ratner represents clients who bring complaints against wrongdoers under both of these programs and is ready to help you if you suspect fraud.

Federal False Claims Act

The False Claims Act (FCA) is a federal statute that holds liable people and corporations that defraud the federal government. Under the FCA, individuals can file lawsuits on behalf of the United States government to reclaim funds that have been misused or fraudulently obtained.

The FCA is one of the most effective mechanisms to prevent fraud and misappropriation of funds. The statute was originally passed in response to fraudulent suppliers to the Union army during the Civil War. It is sometimes called the Lincoln Law, in reference to the presidential administration during which it was initiated.

The False Claims Act didn’t become truly effective until 1986, when a series of amendments was passed in response to abuses, especially by defense contractors. The famous $435 hammer and $600 toilet seat made public by the Project on Military Procurement arm of the National Taxpayers Legal Fund, now known as the Project on Government Oversight, are examples of the kind of fraud that prompted passage of the FCA.

The False Claims Act gives people like you the opportunity to ensure your tax dollars are spent fairly. With the representation of an experienced whistleblower attorney, you can provide valuable information about fraudulent claims against the government.

SEC whistleblower program

The SEC whistleblower program, officially established in 2010 as part of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, gives whistleblowers protection and an incentive to keep honest those who spend government funds. Unlike the FCA, whistleblowers need not directly bring a lawsuit against dishonest individuals or companies. Rather, the whistleblower and his or her representation file a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Monetary rewards of up to 30 percent of recovered funds may be awarded to whistleblowers under the SEC laws.

Keeping them honest

If you believe your employer is defrauding the government, or if you’ve witnessed fraud taking place, you may be able to collect a qui tam reward. Please contact whistleblower attorney James T. Ratner at (845) 688-5222 to schedule a free consultation. Your information will be kept completely confidential.

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