Edisto Contractors Need Whistleblower Protections During Qui Tam Lawsuits
If you work for a government contractor, you may have noticed suspicious dealings involving federal or state dollars. This could mean you have witnessed fraud against the government, which is important information during a qui tam lawsuit.
Qui tam laws were created to allow citizens with direct knowledge of fraudulent practices against the government to file a lawsuit, and the state or US government can join if there is enough evidence that tax payer dollars were misused. However, there are specific rules for qui tam lawsuits, which protects businesses who work with the government from employee retaliation.
Defining Points of Qui Tam Lawsuits According to South Carolina Law
The most important part of a qui tam lawsuit is the whistleblower’s first-hand, direct knowledge of fraud against the government. You cannot use rumor, hearsay, or vague information to blow the whistle; knowledge of fraudulent practices against the government must identify the “who, what, when, and where” of the fraud.
You also cannot use “publically disclosed information.” This means that you cannot read a newspaper article or see a disclosure on TV that asserts your employer defrauded the government. Your knowledge must be original, detailed, and first-hand.
In addition, mismanagement or waste of government money does not count as fraud under qui tam laws. While these practices are concerning, the False Claims Act specifically states that using government money for fraudulent practices – such as filing false claims with Medicare to receive money for services never performed – is illegal and can be prosecuted through whistleblower lawsuits.
I Directly Witnessed Fraud Against the Government and I Need Help
If you have directly witnessed your employer defrauding the government of state or federal dollars, then you should consider blowing the whistle and filing a qui tam lawsuit. The South Carolina qui tam and whistleblower protection attorneys at the Strom Law Firm can help. We offer a free case evaluation to discuss your evidence, and if retained, we can help you file the qui tam lawsuit and protect your rights during the trial. Contact us today for help.