In 2016, Whistleblowers were awarded more than $647 million under the False Claims Act, SEC, CFTC, and IRS whistleblower provisions. Speak with an attorney today to learn more.
What We Do
Levy Konigsberg LLP’s group of dedicated whistleblower attorneys represent individuals pursuing False Claims Act (or “qui tam”), SEC, CFTC and IRS whistleblower cases. Our clients include doctors, accountants, nurses, corporate officers, industry insiders, and even competitors of the defendants—courageous individuals who decided to step forward to bring wrongdoers to justice, often at significant personal risk.
Corporate greed is costing the Government and the taxpayers billions of dollars each year. Luckily, the Government has a secret weapon, you, the whistleblower. By working with experienced whistleblower attorneys, you can expose the fraud and be rewarded with a percentage of the Government’s recovery. The most recent figures offer proof that whistleblower incentives are an effective tool. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice recovered $2.9 billion from qui tam cases brought under the False Claims Act, resulting in $519 million in awards to whistleblowers. The fledgling SEC and CFTC Whistleblower programs paid out more than $57 million and more than $10 million in whistleblower rewards, respectively, in cases that generated hundreds of millions in penalties while the IRS Whistleblower Program paid out more than $61 million in whistleblowers rewards following a record year of submissions.
It is important to speak with an attorney early in the whistleblower process. This can aid the whistleblower in making informed decisions and avoiding pitfalls. Should you decide to contact us, you can expect the following process. First, we provide a confidential, no-cost case evaluation to determine if we can provide representation. Next, we provide a straightforward assessment of the strengths, weaknesses, and potential risks associated with your case. Should you decide to proceed, we will send you a written agreement that sets forth the terms of our representation. All of our whistleblower cases are handled on a contingency basis. That means that our fee is a percentage of your award and you will not be charged hourly fees or other costs. If the case is not successful, you owe us nothing. Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page to find out more about the whistleblower process.
Types of Whistleblower Cases
The most successful tool the whistleblower has is the False Claims Act. Also known as a qui tam case, the False Claims Act allows an individual to file a lawsuit on behalf of the Government against individuals and corporations that have defrauded government-funded programs. This includes Healthcare Fraud, Government Contracting Fraud, Mortgage Fraud, and Education Fraud. (Click on the links to learn more about the various fraud schemes and the different programs used to combat them.) If successful, you may be rewarded with up to 30% of the Government’s recovery. False Claims Act cases are handled by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”).
Other whistleblower programs include the SEC Whistleblower Program, the CFTC Whistleblower Program, and the IRS Whistleblower Program. (Click on the links to learn more about the various fraud schemes and the different programs used to combat them.)
The False Claims Act and other whistleblower programs often involve complex procedural requirements. We can help you navigate these programs. In addition, whistleblowers that are represented by an attorney can remain anonymous when filing complaints with the SEC, CFTC, or IRS Whistleblower Programs.
What Makes A Good Case?
If you’re ready to stand up for your beliefs and expose fraud against the Government, ask yourself the following questions before giving us a call.
1) Is there fraud against a Government Program or illegal activity that can be pursued by the DOJ, SEC, CFTC, or IRS?
Only certain types of illegal activity can qualify for a whistleblower reward. Check out our program specific pages to see if your information is the type that could lead to a successful whistleblower action.
2) Did I learn about this fraud first hand and am I the first person to alert the Government?
The whistleblower programs are designed to provide incentive for alerting the Government about non-public fraud and illegal schemes. That means you need to have original evidence that is not already the subject of an enforcement action or news story. The longer you wait to report the fraud, the worse your chances are to recover a reward.
3) Can I prove it?
You need to possess tangible evidence that the fraud is occurring. This includes emails, documents, meeting minutes, spreadsheets, text messages, pictures, and anything else that could corroborate your story. If possible, speak to an attorney before attempting to obtain evidence of the wrongdoing.
4) Do I understand the whistleblowing process?
To be eligible to receive a reward, it takes significant work and dedication on your part. You will likely need to work closely with your attorneys and assist the Government in investigating the case. Often, it can take multiple years for a case to reach a resolution.
5) Is the fraud more than $10 million dollars?
The whistleblower attorneys at Levy Konigsberg LLP handle large, complex whistleblower cases that require a great deal of time and experience to handle.
If you answered “Yes” to each question, give us a call today for a free, confidential consultation and case review with an experienced whistleblower attorney.
This information is for educational purposes. It is not offered as and does not constitute legal advice or legal opinions. You should not act or rely upon this information without seeking the advice of an attorney.