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There are federal and Maryland state false claims act laws that allows you to make your own claim for money damages when you report fraud against the federal or state government.
Few people understand that they can bring a claim when they find fraud that can lead to a monetary award to them. How does it work? The government has created a system that allows someone committing fraud to pay back the government three times the amount of the fraud and allows the whistle blower who reported the fraud to get between 15% and 30% of the money recovered. In some cases, this can be a very large amount of money. In the last 20 years, our governments in this country have recovered a stunning $35 billion. A lot of this money ended up in the hands of those of us with the guts to stand up to fraud by bringing these qui tam lawsuits.
Do you know of fraud being committed against the United States government or the state of Maryland? If so, you may be eligible for financial compensation as a reward for reporting this crime. If you think you have a claim, reach out to our Maryland False Claims Act lawyers immediately by filling out this free case evaluation.Who Can File a False Claims Act Lawsuit in Maryland?
You. All Maryland citizens can file a federal or Maryland state False Claims Act suit if you are the original source of the information. What you will commonly see is that people find the worst fraud on-the-job. Often, the whistle blower in False Claims Act lawsuits is an employee who uncovers fraud at his or her own business. Both Maryland and federal law have some pretty good protections in these cases against retaliation by your employer after you report the fraud as well as other helpful provisions like keeping information provided to make the claim under seal as long as possible. Is retaliation still possible? It is. But getting good legal counsel can help best protect you from these risks.
The law is written to protect the whistleblowers because lawmakers realized we need people like you to stop people from trying to rip off the government. Let's face it, the government is often sitting on its hands with indifferent employees and limited resources while a few bad apples mercilessly rip them off. This law empowers you to be the government's eyes and ears and get a just reward for doing so.How the False Claims Act Works?
Keep in mind, there are two different laws at play for us in Maryland because there is a federal law and a state law.Federal Law
The federal False Claims act prohibits defrauding the U.S. government by knowingly making a false claim for payment or approval. This law is over 150 year old. In fact, it was passed during the Civil War because of the unprecedented fraud against the Union army from private contractors run amok. In 1986, Congress decided to give the law more teeth, amending the False Claims Act to incentivize people like you to report fraud by filing qui tam actions. They increased the fine for each false claim from $2,000 to "not less than $5,000 and not more than $10,000." But the big kicker was treble damages and increasing the reward to 15%-25% plus reasonable attorney's fees when the government intervenes, and 22% to 30% when the government chooses to sit on the sidelines.
In 2009, the False Claims Act was amended again, this time expanding liability for making false or fraudulent claims to the federal government to false or fraudulent claims for payment or approval to anyone. The old law was limited to the military and federal employees. This is a big game changer for health care fraud.
Today, violators can be liable up to three times the amount of the fraud, plus levies of $5,500 to $11,000 for each false claim. These really add up because each fraudulent bill counts as a separate claim.Maryland Law
In April 2010, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Maryland False Claims Act. The big focus of this law is health care fraud. This law is codified in § 2-601-611 of the Health and Mental Hygiene section of the Maryland Annotated Code (which is our book of laws, really). Our statute is similar to the federal law in many respects.
The statute of limitations for any claim brought under this law is 6 years from the date of the violation or 3 years after the date when material facts were known or reasonably should have been known, but it must be within 10 years after the date on which the violation is committed.Maryand Nursing Homes Are a Target
Maryalnd nursing home operators have been targeted because Medicare and Medicaid fraud. This is no surprise; many of these homes are awfully run and the operators are, to be generous, shady. (Our firm also sues Maryland nursing homes for negligence and abusive care.) The Federal Government estimates that the amount of improper payments to nursing homes is billions of dollars a year.Getting a Lawyer
If you have a potential whistleblower claim that involves fraud involving a significant amount of money, reach out to us right now for a free no obligation consultation online. You will get a quick response from us.