The primary tool of the federal government to fight fraud is the False Claims Act. Often, fraud goes undetected unless a whistleblower steps forward. To encourage you to report fraud, the DOJ Reward Program generally pays rewards of between 15 and 25 percent of the funds the government recovers (and in certain instances up to 30 percent). The False Claims Act is quite complex and contains many rules and requirements. A copy of the False Claims Act statute is attached here.

Each of these steps outlined in the False Claims Act must be strictly followed or a reward cannot be paid. In fact, roughly 80 percent of whistleblower reward applications get rejected by DOJ. That is why it is so important to understand the requirements and to select experienced False Claims Act legal counsel.

In addition, there are some risks, including the fact that your name will be made public once the government is finished with its investigation and decides whether or not to accept your application. You can discuss the benefits and risks with your attorney in confidence before making a decision to apply for a reward. Fill out the Fraud Questionnaire if you want The Hesch Firm to evaluate your potential case in complete confidence.