Whistleblower – Qui Tam
Have you witnessed firsthand that your employer is defrauding the government? If you’re thinking of acting out as a whistleblower, our attorneys in Cleveland, Ohio, can provide crucial guidance and whistleblower protections.
The ways in which your Ohio employer may be defrauding the government are, unfortunately, numerous. Maybe you’ve witnessed your employer billing the government for services it never provided, or over-billing for services and products. Medicaid and Medicare fraud are some of the most common types of fraud to occur in the health care industry and have been spotlighted in recent media coverage.
If you want to hold your employer accountable for criminal actions and are thinking of reporting them — commonly called whistleblowing — a phone call to our whistleblower attorney team in Cleveland, Ohio, should be the first action you take. Qui Tam cases are technical, complex, and take experience to be assembled properly. If you’re a whistleblower, there are protections in place for you. Knowing your rights is crucial throughout this legal process.
We’ll Discuss Your Employer’s Actions To Figure Out What Comes Next
When you come in to meet with the team at Mellino Law Firm, we’ll talk about what you’ve witnessed in your workplace to see if you have a viable Qui Tam claim under the False Claims Act.
Perhaps you’ve seen the following occur:
- Medicare and Medicaid fraud – false billing of Government entities;
- pharmaceutical fraud in the marketing and prescription of medications;
- federal Tax fraud and Tax underpayments;
- federal securities laws violations (Dodd-Frank claims); and
- defense contractor fraud.
The list goes on. If it has been established that fraud has occurred, we’ll work with you to collect possible evidence. Both an attorney at our firm and the government will have the burden of proof, and it is important to be prepared.
Providing Whistleblower Protections is One of our Highest Priorities
If you decide to initiate the whistleblowing process, it is important to note that once we file your lawsuit, it is temporarily sealed. This allows a United States federal attorney to investigate the fraud allegations for a period of up to two months while the case is kept secret from the public, including your employer.
During the entire legal process, whistleblower protections prevent your employer from taking the following actions against you:
- denying benefits, overtime or promotion;
- reducing pay or hours;
- making threats; and
- engaging in intimidating behavior.
Because we’ll stay in close contact throughout your entire whistleblowing case, we’ll be able to advise you on what to do next if your rights are violated throughout this process.
Whether your case is taken on by the United States attorney or left in our hands, we will keep you aware of the potential compensation you could receive for your role as a whistleblower.
Handling Whistleblowing Cases Requires Experience and Careful Scrutiny
Qui Tam cases are often highly technical and complex, and must be thoroughly investigated and properly assembled before being filed in a United States District Court. When you feel circumstances require you to act as a whistleblower, our attorney team can handle your Cleveland, Ohio Qui Tam case. The team at Mellino Law Firm has handled government fraud cases like yours before and knows your rights under the whistleblower protections act in Ohio. Contact us today at 440-333-3800.