Recently, the IRS awarded an in-house accountant $4.5 million for his role as a whistleblower. The CPA discovered an underreported tax liability that resulted in the IRS collecting $20 million from a financial services firm.
There are many provisions in both the federal and state statutes that provide rewards for individuals who serve as whistleblowers and help the government recover money from individuals or companies that are cheating the government. Reporting tax cheats to the IRS is but one example.
Presently, we are representing individuals in both state and federal qui tam actions. A qui tam action is one in which an individual files a lawsuit on behalf of either the state of federal government. Examples of this can include cases against:
- Health care providers who are overbilling Medicare and Medicaid
- Subcontractors who are overbilling the government for work which they were hired to do
- Companies who charge the government exorbitant rates for goods and services.
These lawsuits serve a valuable social service as they allow the government to recover millions of dollars from individuals and companies who are profiting from their wrong-doing. If you have knowledge of that an individual or a company is defrauding the United States or your state's government, then you should consult an attorney who handles whistleblower or qui tam cases as you may be in a position to help the government and receive an award for your help.
Freidin Brown, P.A. handles these cases on a contingent agreement. That is, Freidin Brown, P.A. does not charge any money up front for representing a whistleblower, but instead agrees to take a fee on a percentage of the recovery.