False Claims Act/Qui Tam
To help prevent fraud and punish improper use of government funds, the federal government enacted the False Claims Act. Under this act, a whistleblower may file what is known as a “qui tam claim” on behalf of the government. This alerts the government of the fraud and triggers an investigation into the misconduct. Any entity that is a party to a government contract — typically a contract where they receive funds from the government — can be held accountable through a qui tam claim under the False Claims Act.
Qui tam claims address a wide range of circumstances and situations involving the defrauding of the U.S. government. This can include:
- Medicare fraud
- Medical billing fraud
- Medical providers receiving kickbacks to recommend particular products (in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute)
- Misuse of government funds by defense contractors
- Securities fraud
- Tax fraud
- Customs and shipping fraud
- Concealing information related to a government contract
A successful qui tam action can result in the offending party being forced to pay triple the amount of money it defrauded from the government and allows the whistleblower to receive a percentage of the compensation recovered.
Stand Up For What Is Right
At the Law Offices of Kell A. Simon, I am equipped to help you stand up for what is right when you observe fraudulent conduct. From the first time you speak with me until the final resolution of the qui tam process, I stand by your side and provide you with the exceptional guidance, advice and advocacy that you deserve.
When you retain my services, I will work to gather any evidence of illegal activity and stand up for your rights in court. I have spent more than 20 years as a lawyer fighting for his clients’ interests, and I am well-versed in qui tam cases and other complex employment law matters.
I maintain offices in Austin, Houston and Dallas and serve the needs of clients across Texas.