In order to protect itself from unscrupulous contractors, the Federal and DC governments have passed laws known as “False Claims Acts.” If a contractor certifies it has complete work to a certain standard, and the work is actually substandard or undone, the False Claims Act allows for individuals who know of the fraud to sue on behalf of the government. If the suit is successful, between 10-40 percent of the amount recovered is awarded to the whistleblower as a bounty. The amount recovered can be two or three times the amount of the fraud, plus a $5,000-$10,000 penalty per violation, plus court costs and attorney fees.
False Claims Act plaintiffs perform an important public function by exposing corruption and have saved taxpayers billions of dollars that otherwise would be lost to fraud, waste, and corruption. If you know of a fraud against the DC or US government, contact us today.