You know someone is defrauding the government. But what next?
The United States spends money in a myriad of ways…and gets defrauded in almost of all of them.
Any request or demand for money, either directly or indirectly from the United States, is a claim under the False Claims Act. This includes claims under Medicare and Medicaid, government contracts, or other federal programs like government insurance.
Any individual or company that causes the government to improperly pay out money can be responsible, whether they directly sought the money or caused someone else to improperly get money.
You can file a complaint in federal court, under seal (not public), to alert the Department of Justice to your claims. You are required to have an attorney to file the complaint. Your decision of which attorney you choose is the most important decision you will make. An experienced attorney can make sure your voice is heard.
Black and Buffone
We know how to position your case so that the government listens. We have the reputation and connections to ensure DOJ listens and investigates the fraud. We know how to frame your case so that it has the highest likelihood of success. We give you the best chance to stay informed as the government’s investigation progresses.
Many meritorious fraud claims are not successful because they are not positioned properly. They are not presented to the right people, in the right way, and your voice is not heard.
Once you file, you are known as a relator. The government will conduct a relator interview, where they dig into your allegations and make an initial determination if they believe your allegations have merit.
If DOJ determines your allegations have sufficient merit, they will investigate. This will generally include subpoenas and transcribed interviews. A thorough investigation can often take multiple years, though experienced investigative counsel can often distill key issues and provide assistance to the government to help speed up the process.
If DOJ determines your allegations have merit, they will demand a settlement, and, if they cannot achieve one, they will take over your lawsuit (called intervention). If there is a recovery, you are entitled to 15 to 25 percent, which depends on various factors including how helpful you and your attorneys were during the investigation.
If DOJ does not pursue the case, you have the right to pursue the litigation on your own.
John Black and Sam Buffone have been through the process dozens of times. They know how to spot fraud, investigate fraud, and reach a successful resolution. John and Sam can make sure your voice is heard. Reach out today for a free consultation.