Defense contractor fraud has dramatically increased as the annual amount of spending by the United States Department of Defense reached billions in recent years. As the amount of hired defense contractors boosts, so does the percentage of fraudulent contracts.
The inspection and testing of goods and evaluation of services rendered to the United States government involves a much less rigid process of regulation. This enables defense contractors to cheat the government out of vast amounts of money in exchange for improperly tested and defective goods, or services that were never provided.
Defense contract fraud is a prevalent concern for the U.S. Department of Defense since the 1800′s under the Lincoln Administration. The False Claims Act, amended in 1986, was passed as the number of fraudulent defense contracts increased for the US government. When these contracts are breached and the government is cheated out of millions or more dollars, the taxpayers and our armed forces using these goods are cheated as well.
Thankfully, the False Claims Act (FCA) protects whistle blowers who come out as witnesses of these illegal behaviors and practices. Qui Tam statutes have enabled citizens to file claims on behalf of the US government, and, if proven in court, these individuals can be rewarded up to 30 percent of the revenue that is recovered. The FCA also protects whistle blowers from retaliation by their indicted employer.
In order to be rewarded for blowing the whistle on fraud and having a suitable case, it is important to be the first to file the claim and to keep your own private documentation or records of the illegal behaviors and practices without making it evident to your company that you are planning to file against them.
These records can be in the form of emails, letters or other documentation that prove that the company was actively aware that it provided goods or services that did not meet the requirements agreed upon by contract. Though you may have complete knowledge that the US government is being cheated by a defense contractor or other agency, it is helpful to have some sort of tangible documentation in court.
There are several different schemes and ways that defense contractors have wrongly benefited financially from the U.S. Government. Some of these tactics include listing a different cost throughout different section of the contract or submitting false pricing lists to the other party. Another tactic is to substitute cheaper goods at the cost of higher quality products without the other party even knowing. These are just a few of the most common waysin which agencies and contractors go about wrongfully obtaining money from the Department of Defense and U.S. Government.
Many of these departments and agencies being cheated through fraudulent contracts depend on individuals like you to blow the whistle, and choosing the right lawyer can make a tremendous difference.
The Qui Tam Attorneys at Kershaw, Cook & Talley have successfully represented whistle blowers in numerous lawsuits. If you suspect you have witnessed fraud in a defense contract, call for a completely confidential and free consultation. Our experienced whistle blower protection lawyers will explain your rights and answer any questions you have. And, if necessary, they have the knowledge and resources to file your claim with the government.
Remember, when reporting fraud, it’s important that you do not tell anyone else. The first person to file a Qui Tam lawsuit is the person who will be rewarded by the government in a successful recovery.
If you have knowledge about a company that is participating in fraudulent activity, please fill out and submit the contact form on this page or call us toll-free at (888) 997-5170 for a free and confidential case evaluation.