When an insider or competitor encounters fraud or cheating within an organization that gets paid by a government agency, it is natural to feel helpless, disillusioned, and even angry.
And yet, there is a powerful mechanism that not only protects insiders who decide to tell the truth about their organizations, but also offers significant rewards to them for doing so — the False Claims Act.
What Does the False Claims Act Have to Do With Whistleblowing?
The False Claims Act is a federal law that allows those with knowledge of fraud against the government to disclose that knowledge through confidential lawsuits (filed under seal), and to be rewarded with a potentially large fraction of any money recovered by the government.
More than 400 whistleblower cases are filed every year asserting claims of fraud against Medicare, Medicaid, the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, FEMA, and every federal program that gives out funds or hires out work.
Often the whistleblower works within the company committing the fraud. Sometimes it is a competitor who is frustrated at the advantages the cheating company enjoys.
Reporting what you know is not something to do on your own. You want an experienced anti-fraud lawyer team that will stand by you through the challenging days ahead. You want a national qui tam firm like Pigott & Johnson.
What is qui tam?
The phrase qui tam refers to cases in which a witness who assists in a prosecution receives a portion of any imposed penalty. The phrase is a shortening of the Latin phrase qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur, meaning "one who sues in this matter for the king and for himself."
Pigott & Johnson, Nationwide Whistleblower Attorneys
Pigott & Johnson's client base is located throughout the entire United States — wherever there are companies that have crossed the line and are taking money they are not entitled to from the U.S. government or its agencies.
Attorneys Brad Pigott and Cliff Johnson are both veterans of the United States Department of Justice. Brad Pigott served as a Presidentially-appointed United States Attorney, and Cliff Johnson served as an Assistant United States Attorney responsible for health care fraud enforcement.
Utilizing its unique collective experience, Pigott & Johnson represents citizens throughout the country who disclose fraud against the government under the federal False Claims Act and similar state laws.
Partnering with the U.S. Department of Justice, they have successfully guided dozens of so-called "whistleblower" cases to successful investigations and conclusions.
If you have information of fraud against a U.S. government agency, speak to the nationwide qui tam lawyers at Pigott & Johnson at toll free 877-423-4901 — or send them a confidential e-mail, using this form.