Fraud on the Government
You notice that your employer is cheating the government by submitting false claims, and you don’t think it’s right. The United States False Claims Act, the New York State False Claims Act, and The New York City False Claims Act encourage you to let the government know that your employer is cheating. Under the these False Claims acts, you are a “relator”, a sort of private detective who provides information of fraud on the government committed by your employer, and you assist the government as a so-called “qui tam” complainant in helping the government catch employer cheats.
You are enabled and protected by The United States False Claims Act, the New York State False Claims Act, and The New York City False Claims Act if you bring the employer cheating to light. Some examples of false claim situations are Medicare or Medicaid Fraud or New York State Tax Fraud. Some other examples fraudulent claims are those submitted for education grants, housing programs, construction projects, part supplies,environmental certifications, emergency relief programs, and defense contracting. An employer who cheats the government is subject to high civil penalties, up to three times the amount of money that the employer defrauded the government as well as penalties of up to $12,000 per false claim. You, as whistleblower, relator or “qui tam” complainant could be entitled to up to 30 percent of the amount of the fraud, provided you are an “original source” and have not obtained the information of fraudulent conduct from public sources, such as a newspaper.
You may be afraid to bring the false claims to light, but you should know that The United States False Claims Act, the New York State False Claims Act, and The New York City False Claims Act False Claims Act protect you from employer retaliation. If your employer fires you for your complaints that the employer is cheating the government, you may be entitled to receive double the amount of back pay plus interest, reinstatement and compensation for “special damages” under the False Claims Acts.
Contact us online or call us at (212) 949-1001 so that we can review if your New York City employer has defrauded the government, or subjected you to retaliation when you complain about your employer's fraud on the government in violation of the False Claims Acts in New York State or New York City.