Whistleblower/Qui Tam/FALSE CLAIMS ACT
A qui tam legal action is any action brought by a person against a government contractor that the individual suspects, or knows, is committing an act of fraud against the government. The federal and state qui tam provisions allow private citizens to file fraud charges, and bring suit, in the name of the government, against government contractors, and others who receive government funds. The qui tam provision allows the person pursuing the action to share in any money recovered. Whistleblower cases often relate to medicare fraud, but can apply to any contractor.
Types of possible qui tam actions include government contractors engaging in one or more of the following:
• Double billing
• Overcharging and/or upcoding
• Delivering poor quality products
• Nonconformance to contract specifications
Krislov Law has pursued several qui tam/whistleblower type actions, including:
U.S.ex rel. Kennedy, et al. v. Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 512 F.Supp.2d 1158 (N.D. Ill. 2007)
U.S.ex rel. Chovanec v. Apria Healthcare Group, Inc., 606 F.3d 361 (7th Cir. 2010)
and multiple pending cases currently under seal.