It is an unfortunate reality that corporations that do business with the government regularly engage in fraud, corruption, dishonesty, and other wrongful or illegal conduct. All too often, this activity flies under the radar and continues without consequence or repercussion. Sometimes, however, employees of these corporations – or others with knowledge of the fraud – feel compelled to try to stop it. These brave individuals, called “whistleblowers,” report fraud on the government, sometimes at great risk to their careers and livelihoods. Fortunately, the law not only gives whistleblowers protections from retaliation and firing but it also provides a way for whistleblowers to be compensated if the corporation ends up having to pay the government back.
At Youman & Caputo, LLC, our experienced Philadelphia whistleblower attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of those who expose fraud on the government, whether by their employer, by other companies with whom they do business, or by any company about whom they have knowledge.
This highly specialized area of the law requires attorneys who understand not only the complicated legal frameworks that govern whistleblower actions but also appreciate the personal investment and courage of those who stand up and do the right thing. We work tirelessly to help whistleblowers and get them the maximum amount of compensation available.
What Are Whistleblower Actions?
Most whistleblower actions involve exposing conduct that defrauds federal or state governments, costing taxpayers billions of dollars every year. Governmental agencies enter into countless contracts with private businesses, all of which offer opportunities for illicit conduct in the procurement and billing process. Similarly, governments pay billions in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements every year to doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers through a system that is surprisingly easy to cheat. The government also regulates securities and commodities markets and enforces laws against such activities as tax fraud and insider trading.
Federal and state government agencies do their best with increasingly limited resources to prevent fraud and prosecute illegal conduct, but they depend on private individuals to assist in this fight. The government has recovered billions of dollars in taxpayer money that would otherwise have been lost to fraud thanks to whistleblowers who had the courage to step forward.
Fortunately, the law provides an incentive for individuals who are willing to blow the whistle on government fraud. The United States government and most state governments have enacted laws that allow the whistleblower to receive a percentage of the funds that the government recovers in successful cases based on the whistleblower’s information. To be entitled to this award, the whistleblower must file a lawsuit on the government’s behalf against the corporation that is defrauding the government and that lawsuit must result in a settlement with or judgment against the corporation. In larger fraud schemes, that percentage can amount to hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars for a victorious whistleblower plaintiff.
Experienced Representation in Whistleblower Actions
Youman & Caputo’s Philadelphia whistleblower lawyers bring exceptional advocacy skills, personal commitment, and extensive experience to the representation of individuals who report fraud on the government.
Depending on the type of government fraud or other illegal conduct involved, different whistleblower laws will apply. Our whistleblower attorneys handle every kind of whistleblower action, including:
- Suits under the United States False Claims Act (qui tam actions)
- Suits under the state False Claims Act (including the New York False Claims Act)
- IRS whistleblower claims
- Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whistleblower claims
- Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) whistleblower claims
- State whistleblower act claims
When you meet with us at our downtown or suburban Philadelphia offices, we will carefully evaluate your case pre-suit, skillfully navigate the applicable legal and procedural requirements when filing suit, work cooperatively and proactively with the government lawyers and agents investigating the case, and take all steps to maximize your share of any recovery.
Youman & Caputo: Philadelphia Whistleblower Attorneys
If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a whistleblower or want to discuss your potential whistleblower claims, please call Youman & Caputo at (215) 302-1999 or contact us to arrange for a consultation.