Whistleblower / false claims actions can vary in type and form. Typically, a whistleblower / false claims action consists of an insider, typically an employee, who has information that their employer is knowingly or recklessly submitting false bills to a government entity. For instance, healthcare is a rampant area of fraud involving healthcare providers submitting inflated or false bills to Medicare or Medi-Cal, stealing hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars every year.
The whistleblower (e.g. relator) brings a suit on behalf of the government, known as a qui tam action, to recover the monies obtained through the false bills. The whistleblower obtains a portion of the amounts recovered in a successful matter, usually between 15-33%. In addition, the whistleblower may have a separate claim related to his or her employment if their employer acted in a manner contrary to the laws protecting whistleblowers.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Ara Jabagchourian have not only handled several whistleblower litigation matters, but have actually tried a false claims case in San Francisco in conjunction with a contractor submitting false bills to the City and County of San Francisco.