Unfortunately, there are many businesses in America, which commit fraud on the federal government, submitting false bills, false claims for reimbursement, and/or invoices for shoddy or non-existent products and services. To protect and support those who want to expose and prevent this fraud, the federal False Claims Act empowers a private individual or “whistleblower” to bring suit on behalf of the U.S. government.
An individual, referred to as a “relator,” who discovers and brings the fraud to the government’s attention, can sue to have the money restored to the government. Drawing on a portion of the Latin phrase for “He who sues on behalf of the king as well as for himself,” the suits are frequently called “Qui Tam” actions, with the relator receiving a portion of the ultimate recovery.
Raynes & Lawn has been repeatedly called upon to investigate and prosecute Qui Tam actions, not only for the benefit of the federal government but also for county and city administrations, recovering tens of millions of dollars.