Whistleblower is also known as Qui Tam. The term “Qui Tam” comes from the Latin, “who sues on behalf of the King as well as for himself.” It became a part of United States jurisprudence during the Civil War when President Lincoln moved to stanch the epidemic of defective military supplies being sold to the Union. This led to the False Claims Act, originally called the “Lincoln Law” and its Qui Tam provisions, the U.S. Department of Defense contributed the lion’s share of cases and rewards to whistleblowers, much of which was attributable to the nation’s military build-up in the 1980’s. In 1986, the law was amended to increase rewards for whistleblowers and provide additional protections for those who stepped forward to report fraud. Currently, the healthcare industry is the leading source of Qui Tam lawsuits alleging violations of the False Claims Act. With many of our friends and families receiving Medicare and Medicaid benefits, we must all be vigilant for any abuse of the system, including fraud and work to prosecute those whose aim is to defraud the federal government for personal gain.
We look forward to speaking with anyone with knowledge of fraud against the government. We will personally meet with you to evaluate the facts giving rise to the suspicions of fraud and will use all the firm’s resources to prosecute the claims accordingly. Doing your part starts with a phone call to our office. As always, we consider it a privilege to discuss potential claims and there is never a charge for meeting with our attorneys. Getting your questions answered starts with a phone call to our attorneys who will personally go over your potential case and discuss the course of action best for your individual needs.