When most folks think of a whistleblower, they often think of governmental employees exposing alleged government corruption. But, there are many different types of whistleblowers, and the most common of them come from the private sector, rather than from the government. In fact, private sector whistleblowers actually have a greater opportunity for financial gain than those exposing government misconduct.
Through a qui tam action, filed under the False Claims Act, a qualifying whistleblower with evidence of fraud against the government can sue the wrongdoer on behalf of the United States and collect a substantial portion of statutory damages and penalties as a result of bringing the fraudulent conduct to light. In qui tam actions, the government has the right to intervene and get actively involved. But, if the government declines to get in, the private Plaintiff may proceed with the lawsuit on his or her own.
The Corporate Whistleblower Center is now urging pharmaceutical company insiders to come forward and report fraud against the federal government. Based on what we have learned in litigation, the drug companies are prime suspects for fraudulent conduct in governmental contracts.
Due to the success of the Federal False Claims Act, a growing number of states have enacted state versions of the False Claims Act, which permit whistleblowers to recover a fee for reporting fraud against a particular state. You might ask, who can be a whistleblower? Any person who is an original source, having independent personal knowledge of the false claims against the government may qualify as a whistleblower. Specifically, physicians, pharmaceutical representatives, and any other drug industry insider make excellent qui tam Plaintiffs in the right set of circumstances.
For example, a person who possesses significant and documented proof of a drug maker or pharmaceutical company engaging in any type of kickback or pricing scheme to persuade medical doctors and other health care providers to prescribe or dispense a medication at the expense of a state or the federal government may qualify as a whistleblower.
If any of our readers are aware of this type fraud or of any kind of fraud that’s being perpetrated on either the state or federal government, they can contact Alison Hawthorne, a lawyer in our firm’s Consumer Fraud section, at 1-800-898-2034 or by email at Alison.Hawthorne@beasleyallen.com.
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