Do you suspect fraud at your company? Are you wondering what to do about it? If you are wondering whether you have a whistleblowing claim, you should speak to an experienced lawyer who will evaluate your situation and advise you on whether you have a claim.
Cross Law Firm, S.C., is a national leader in False Claims Act whistleblowing cases. Our founding attorney, Nola Hitchcock Cross, obtained "firsts" under the False Claims Act in nation-wide cases: the first nation-wide recovery in a hospice fraud case and the first nation-wide Medicare Part D/Controlled Substances Act.
Our firm has obtained the majority of all False Claims Act recoveries filed in Wisconsin and also the largest False Claims Act recovery filed in Wisconsin, although we also file in jurisdictions throughout the country. She has spoken for the American Bar Association, False Claims Act Institute in 2016 as well as for the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund in 2015. She has the experience and the knowledge to be able to evaluate your claim and advise you of your options.
What Is Needed For A Whistleblowing Claim?
Whistleblowing claims generally fall into one of three general categories:
- Fraud against the government
- Violations of SEC laws
- IRS fraud in excess of $1 million
To initiate a whistleblowing claim you must be able to provide evidence of fraud or misconduct. Because the government will step into the shoes of the whistleblower in a qui tam action, it is important the evidence be clear and specific. Having actual documentation of wrongdoing is ideal. The evidence you provide must not be easily accessible by the government, such as information found on the internet.
Timing Your Claim Is Critical
The timing of when you pursue your claim is critical. To be eligible to recover as a whistleblower, you must be the first to file your claim. If another person files a claim before you based on the same set of evidence, you will not have a viable claim.
In addition, there are statutes of limitations to pursuing a claim. For False Claims Act claims you have six years from the date of the violation to bring a claim. For SEC violations, you only have three years to bring a claim. There are other time limits and rules that apply to claims as well. It is important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible about filing a claim.
If you have other questions regarding whistleblowing claims, we encourage you to visit our frequently asked questions page.
Are You Ready To Take Action?
Do you think you have the makings of a whistleblowing claim? Schedule an appointment to speak with a lawyer at Cross Law Firm, S.C., about pursuing a claim. We represent relators across the country who want to protect themselves while exposing fraud or misconduct on the part of their employers or competitors. Call today at 414-224-0000 or email our office to set up a confidential consultation.