Whistleblower rewards for reporting fraud
If you properly report fraud against the government, you may be entitled to a significant whistleblower reward. If you want former Justice Department Attorney Joel Hesch to evaluate in complete confidence if you have the right type of case to get a reward, then fill out the form at this link (click here) and Mr. Hesch will get back to you right away.
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Below are details about the Department of Justice whistleblower reward program.
More about the Department of Justice whistleblower reward program
Authorized by Congress to pay rewards of up to 30 percent of the fraudulent payments it recovers, the Department of Justice (DOJ) administers the False Claims Act, the most successful whistleblower reward program in United States history. The program has recovered more than $37 billion since it was overhauled in 1986, with more than $6.3 billion going to rewards for private citizens.
The DOJ program is complex, however, and the agency rejects 75% of applications to pursue fraudulent activity it receives. When your firm is able to convince DOJ to accept a case, it pays a reward 95% of the time – with the average reward totaling $1.5 million.
Do you believe you may have a valid case? The Hesch Firm exclusively represents whistleblowers file for rewards for reporting fraud against the government under the False Claims Act and other reward programs. The Hesch Firm can guide you through every step of the process – from determining if your case might be accepted by DOJ to fighting for you in court.
What is Fraud?
DOJ pursues a wide variety of fraud cases, including:
- Medicare/Medicaid Fraud: The largest area of fraud, and experts estimate that 10 percent of all bills are inflated or improper. Examples include charging for tests, services or supplies not actually provided or needed and billing for routine supplies and/or unallowable or unreasonable costs of goods or services.
- Military/Government Contractor Fraud: Common schemes include charging for service not actually rendered, falsely stating how many hours were spent on a project, and accepting kickbacks.
- Other fraud: Other types of fraud include pharmaceutical fraud, postal fraud, grant fraud, customs fraud, housing fraud and more.
State Reward Programs
Because they have massive budgets, states are often the target of fraudulent activity. To counter losses, many states have instituted whistleblower reward programs modeled after the DOJ program to pay whistleblower rewards for reporting fraud. These programs work largely the same as the federal program, and very similar technical requirements apply. Like federal programs, state programs also require you to hire counsel and submit formal legal documents.
The following states have whistleblower reward programs: They include: California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. A few of these states, however, currently have limited the scope of the reward program to healthcare fraud.
For these reasons and others, it is very important to work with a firm – like The Hesch Firm – that understands the nuances of pursuing fraud against a state government.
Examples of State Fraud Cases
The following state cases paid significant rewards for reporting fraud:
- Large bank chain improperly kept proceeds from unclaimed $187 million in municipal bonds
- Local electric company cheated Los Angeles schools by overcharging them $160 million for electricity
- Company overcharged a state government by $40 million relating to installment and monitoring of heating and cooling systems in state buildings
- Company sold $30 million in defective computers to the state
- Company cheated by $30 million during the construction of the Los Angeles Subway system
- Company sold to nursing homes $40 million in “repackaged” drugs that had been returned but not used
- Hospital falsely reported the amount of its charity work and engaged in kickbacks totaling $14 million