Understanding What A Whistleblower Does
Whistleblowers are people who see or know about a company deliberately misrepresenting something to the state or federal government in order to receive a payment of some kind from the government. A whistleblower confidentially comes forward, with help from the whistleblower attorneys in our office, with evidence of the act or acts in order to put a stop to immoral, unethical or dangerous and illegal behavior. The information a whistleblower provides must be information that is not available to the public. If the information is public, then it is not a whistleblower case.
Some examples of misrepresentations that may require a whistleblower to come forward include:
- A government contractor cheating, misrepresenting or misusing funds
- A business or company cheating on its taxes, or lying about its financial position or price fixes
- A company hiding a danger that it created in a community or hiding a danger that will damage the public health of the community
- An industry or business using false certifications to obtain payments from the government
These are just a few examples. There are many others. If you have access to information, data or evidence that shows that an entity is doing something harmful or unethical and is covering it up, it is in your best interest to speak to an attorney who represents whistleblowers.
Why Would Someone Blow The Whistle?
It can be hard to fathom why someone would put themselves at risk for retaliation by calling out corporate or industry wrongdoing. The most prominent reason a person comes forward is because they believe in doing the right thing. Most whistleblowers have weighed the options and decided that they could not sleep at night knowing that they had the evidence needed yet did nothing to stop the illegal behavior.
Whistleblower reward laws mean that if you blow the whistle, you are eligible to share the funds that are recovered. There are certain types of behaviors that qualify, and the disclosure must be done a certain way. Some whistleblowers can remain anonymous. The financial reward to whistleblowers is a successful case that has the potential to be enormous because of the unique laws that govern this area, and because the government wants to motivate good people who are aware of nonpublic fraud to come forward and blow the whistle.
Will I Be Incriminated If I Took Part?
Sometimes the only reason a whistleblower has access to the necessary evidence is because they were part of the act or event. If you took part in something that you later learned was unethical, it is not too late to blow the whistle. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen. You do not have to work for the company that is in the wrong; you can even work for the competition.
Call Pratt Clay LLC Today If You Have A Whistleblower Case
It can be intimidating to come forward when you know that a company or agency has done things that are unethical or harmful. However, the whistleblower laws provide strong protections from certain types of retaliation. And those laws also provide for substantial compensation in successful cases. Most importantly to many clients, these laws allow good people to stand up and put a stop to fraudulent practices that harm the government and the taxpayer. Once you have decided to take the next step, we are here for you. We will discuss what is at stake, and likely timelines and outcomes. Call 404-566-9460 or send us an email to find out more.