False Claims Act and Fraud
Government fraud costs us all. However, there are anti-fraud laws on the books at both the federal and state level that help combat it. These laws require the persons and companies that defraud the government to re-pay the overpayments (with penalties and interest). More effectively, though, they provide an incentive to whistleblowers, called relators, to bring such fraud to the government's attention. The "incentive" in these cases is actually a cut, a percentage, of what the government recovers as a result of the relator's complaint. The percentages under both federal and Georgia law typically range from fifteen to twenty-five percent of the recovery.
At the federal level, the most-used anti-fraud statute is the False Claims Act. We have successfully represented clients before in United States District Court under the FCA. At the state level, the main tool is the Georgia Taxpayer Protection False Claims Act, which Governor Nathan Deal signed into law in 2012.
If you have a fraud case or need legal counsel, contact the attorneys at Johnson Marlowe today.