Whistleblower Help Center
A website providing critical information for anyone considering becoming a whistleblower of fraud on the federal or state governments, including what protections are afforded to whistleblowers; who can be a whistleblower; what are the rewards; and what is the process of whistleblowing.Are you ready to blow the whistle?
Here are some things you need to know
If you believe that your employer, or another company/person, is defrauding the government, here are some things to consider before reporting the fraud.
Filing a qui tam lawsuit is not the same as filing an average civil claim. The process is complex and includes these steps.
If you’re considering blowing the whistle, you’re likely wondering “Am I protected?” Certain whistleblowers are protected against retaliation and can maintain anonymity.
The federal government and state governments reward whistleblowers based upon a percentage of the recovered funds resulting from reporting fraud.
Here are some examples of the most common types of fraud cases–from healthcare fraud to financial fraud and defense contractor fraud.
Here are three things to consider when choosing the right whistleblower attorney for your case.
The FCA allows private persons to file a “qui tam” suit for violations of the FCA on behalf of the government. The whistleblower is entitled to 15-30% of the proceeds in a successful case. The FCA provides that any person who knowingly submits false claims to the US Government, or causes another to submit a false claim to the Government, is liable for a civil penalty, plus three times the amount of damages sustained by the government.Read More
The SEC’s Whistleblower Program awards individuals who voluntarily provide the SEC with unique and useful information of financial fraud that leads to a successful enforcement action. Whistleblower awards can range from 10-30% percent of the money collected when the monetary sanctions ordered exceed $1 million.Read More
The IRS awards individuals who report major tax evasion for both, the federal government and the state governments. Tax evasion includes, among other things: failure to pay taxes in a state where income was earned; failure to pay federal income taxes by both businesses and individuals; maintaining two sets of books regarding income and expenditures.Read More
Binding Morality and Ethics:4 Reasons to Blow the Whistle
It is a common belief that in the presence of risk, people will instinctively put their own well-being first. But, how does that explain whistleblowers?
Becoming a whistleblower may seem intimidating. It can take years of involvement, patience, and perseverance. Many who choose to become a whistleblower, fear harsh criticism and retaliation. So, what factors motivate someone to risk it all for the benefit of others?
In order to spark change in the midst of a corrupt system, it requires a unique set of traits to motivate someone to step forward and become a whistleblower.1.- An Instilled Sense of Integrity
For many whistleblowers, one of the main motivational factors is an innate drive for justice. These types of whistleblowers have an instilled need to protect their integrity and the integrity of the culture where they work – once fraud is unearthed, they are quick to seek out a way to right the wrong.2.- Providing Protection for Themselves and Others
Many whistleblower cases involve fraud which may result in harm to others. For some whistleblowers, bringing fraud to light may be the only way to secure the protection of their own well-being because of the special whistleblower protections built into the FCA.3.- The Desire to Instigate a Positive Change
There are times when whistleblowers truly respect and are proud of their workplace. In this case, a person may be motivated to become a whistleblower in an effort to improve the future of their company.4.- The Incentive of a Reward
Because the whistleblowing process may require years of perseverance and patience, the financial aspect of the reward provides motivation and financial security.
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