Beasley Allen Report host Gibson Vance introduces Beasley Allen attorney Ali Hawthorne to the show to discuss the history of the False Claims Act (FCA) and what it means to be a whistleblower. Originally from Kennesaw, Ga., Ali joined Beasley Allen in 2010 in the firm’s Consumer Fraud Section. Her work has contributed to both the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) and McKesson litigations, which seek to recover millions of dollars lost by state Medicaid agencies as a result of fraudulent price reporting by the nation’s largest drug manufacturers. Ali tells viewers President Lincoln and the U.S. Congress enacted the FCA, formerly known as “the Lincoln Law,” after realizing the substantial amounts of money the government was wasting on faulty or inefficient goods. The act permitted individuals and companies to be held accountable if proven to have defrauded governmental programs. Since then, further amendments, including the “qui tam” provision, have allowed for better implementation of the law by allowing individuals to file claims on behalf of the government when they witness fraud or other wrongdoing. This is known as “whistleblowing,” or bringing to light the fraudulent activities.
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