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Do I have a case?
If you suspect you have information about fraud being committed on our government, it is important for you to speak with an attorney to learn all of your legal rights and whether you can pursue a case. However, there are certain criteria that are important to any whistleblower case:
- It is not enough that a whistleblower have a suspicion of fraud; they must actually have knowledge that fraud was committed. For example, they should be able to provide specific details such as where, when and who was responsible.
- The whistleblower must have evidence of the fraud that did not come from a public source like a newspaper, TV, magazine, radio, court record, public record or Freedom of Information Act request.
- The fraud or False Claim must involve the improper taking of Federal money, or in the case of a state False Claim, state money.
- The False Claim may involve a County or City defrauding the Federal government, but not a State defrauding the Federal government.
- The company or individual that made the false claims on the government must have done so knowingly, not unintentionally.
- False Claim cases normally must be filed within six years of the violation.
- The fraud needs to be of a significant amount and the company or individual that defrauded the government must have the means to pay back the stolen money and the associated fines.