Government fraud is wrong and must be stopped. Whistleblowers are courageous individuals who come forward and help tax payers from being ripped off. Our New York False Claims Act Lawyer has been asked to discuss a case where multiple wireless carriers are accused of overcharging the government by more then $100 million. Our attorneys have counseled clients in confidential matters regarding whistleblower actions.
In State of California et al. ex rel. OntheGo Wireless, LLC v. Cellco Partnership et al., Case No. 34-2012-00127517 (Super. Ct. Cal., Sacramento County), it is alleged that the Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile failed to charge the lowest rate possible to its government customers. It was alleged that the wireless carriers signed a contract with the government that required it to conduct regular rate plan optimizations to ensure that its government customers were charged the lowest possible rate. It is alleged that the wireless companies did not conduct the rate plan optimization, which is a computerized system that applies the lowest cost plan based on an analysis of a customer’s specific usage pattern.
If you are aware of a company or individual that is overcharging the government or engaging in fraudulent practices, I urge to contact our office for a confidential consultation to learn your rights and options. Not only do the whistleblowers shine a light on corruption and recover monies for taxpayers, they also are eligible for a monetary reward depending on the circumstances. Below are some frequently asked questions from our prior discussions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I do if I discover government fraud by my employer?
Before taking any action, you should call an experienced attorney to discuss initial steps.
You may want to legally gather any documents that can help support your claim. In other words, you cannot break the law to obtain documents, emails, photos, and other potential evidence. Be aware that many companies prohibit these activities in their policies, employee handbooks and it is important to work within the guidelines to gather your information.
Can I get fired for filing a whistleblower lawsuit?
It is unlawful under federal and certain state laws to retaliate against a whistleblower who files a case under the False Claims Act or other similar qui tam statutes.
Am I eligible for a reward?
Depending on the facts, you may be eligible receive a percentage of the amount of monies recovered. A reward can vary based on how you contribute to the case. Our lawyers have always fought to ensure our clients have received the maximum amount due and owing to them.
What is the original source doctrine?
The basis for your whistleblower case must be derived from an original source. Accordingly, in general, you cannot obtain your information from public documents or information that is otherwise known to the public.
I’m afraid to blow the whistle because I may implicate myself.
This is a sensitive issue and require careful counsel from an experienced attorney. If you are arrested, you will not receive any compensation related to the whistleblower.
Someone already filed a False Claims Act about my Company’s activities. Can I file one too for the same set of facts?
You cannot receive compensation if another whistleblower has already filed a qui tam complaint based on the same information. If you are planning on blowing the whistle, you should discuss your options with our lawyer and should not share any information with co-workers for friends.
Early steps are important in whistleblower matters. If you are aware of any fraud against government such as tax fraud, medicaid fraud, or overcharges, contact our New York Whistleblower Attorney to learn your rights and options. We will do our best to help guide you in this process.
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