False Claims Act Story

The False Claims Act is the single most effective tool U.S. taxpayers have to recover the billions of dollars stolen through fraud every year.

Under the False Claims Act, those who knowingly submit, or cause another person to submit, false claims for payment of government funds are liable for up to three times the government’s damages plus civil penalties of $5,500 to $11,000 for each false claim.

The False Claims Act contains qui tam provisions, which allow people with evidence of fraud against the government to sue on behalf of the Government. People who sue under the FCA are called “relators” or “whistleblowers,” and are eligible for 15 to 30 percent of the amount recovered.

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