Beasley Allen attorney Larry Golston visits the Beasley Allen Report this week to discuss the role of whistleblowers in exposing fraud and other wrongdoing. He talks with program host and fellow Beasley Allen lawyer Gibson Vance about the role of the False Claims Act (FCA) in providing whistleblower protections and financial rewards for whistleblowers in cases where the government recovers money lost through fraud, waste and other wrongdoing. The FCA is a federal law that prohibits anyone from submitting false claims for payment to the government. The FCA makes sure companies or individuals who are contracting with the government are not cheating the government. False claims may involve overbilling or billing for products or services not delivered. The law also includes whistleblower protections, including anti-retaliation provisions that say a person cannot be retaliated against their employer by being fired or demoted, or otherwise negatively affected in their employment as a result of exposing fraud. The FCA also provides incentives to encourage employees to expose wrongdoing. The qui tam provision of the statute allows whistleblowers to share in money the government recovers. This amount can be substantial. Each year, government fraud amounts to billions of dollars in lost taxpayer money.
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