In 2016, the Federal Government recovered more than $4.7 billion in cases brought under the False Claims Act. Put simply, the False Claims Act is a tool that the government uses to put a stop to false and fraudulent claims against federal programs by incentivizing citizens-"whistleblowers"-to file civil lawsuits in order to bring this false and fraudulent conduct to the Government's attention. If the citizen is successful, he or she can recover a significant portion of the money that the Government is able to recover from the perpetrator of the fraud. Additionally, the False Claims Act contains critical provisions that protect whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers.
Often this fraudulent conduct occurs in the context of false claims made to Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE by hospitals, drug companies, nursing homes, laboratories, physicians, and medical device companies. However, government fraud is not limited to the healthcare field. False Claims Act cases are often brought regarding the financial industry, government contracting, and higher education.
At Simmons Law Firm, we have been representing whistleblowers for more than 20 years. We understand that the collateral damage in whistleblower cases can affect every avenue of an individual's life. That is why we aggressively investigate each case early and take swift measures to protect the rights of our clients.
We take a team approach and work in tandem with the Government to successfully prosecute False Claims Act cases. Indeed, our attorneys have substantial experience working with the attorneys and investigators in the United States Attorney's Office, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, and other Government agencies. Critically, our founding attorney John S. Simmons is a former United States Attorney for South Carolina, where he gained unique insight and understanding in combating fraud against the Government.
If you have knowledge of Government fraud, it is critical to contact an experience attorney as quickly as possible.
Our attorneys are available 24/7 to meet with individuals for free initial consultations. Learn more about the aggressive and proactive representation we provide by calling us at 803-779-4600 or 888-715-8818, or by contacting us online.