What is the False Claims Act?

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Leon Hampton, a lawyer in Beasley Allen’s Fraud Section, handles whistleblower claims exposing fraud, waste and abuse involving government spending. These claims are based on the False Claims Act (FCA). It was established in 1863 during the Civil War to help combat contractors cheating the federal government by rewarding those who reported the wrongdoing. Today the FCA is one of the most effective tools available to combat fraud. The FCA covers claims in industries such as health care, defense contracting and construction, allowing those with first-hand knowledge of fraud to bring a claim on behalf of the government. The FCA also provides protections for those who report wrongdoing – usually called whistleblowers – who may face retaliation as a result of their effort. Whistleblowers may receive a percentage of any money recovered by the government as a result of their report as a reward.

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