The False Claims Act—also known as the “Lincoln Law”—was first enacted during the Civil War to bring justice to corrupt suppliers who were selling defective rifles, rancid provisions, and other faulty goods to the United States Army. Today, the False Claims Act is the primary tool used to combat fraud against the Government. And with trillions of dollars in taxpayer money spent annually, it should come as no surprise that there is quite a bit of fraud to fight.
The False Claims Act authorizes a person—referred to as a “relator”—who knows about fraud against the Government to bring a lawsuit in the name of the United States against the unscrupulous fraudster. If successful, the relator is entitled to an award of fifteen to thirty percent of whatever amount of money is successfully recovered for the United States.
False Claims Act cases have brought in over $45 billion in recoveries to the United States, of which nearly $7 billion has been paid out to relators.
The attorneys at Sbaiti & Company have years of experience in successfully handling False Claims Act cases involving a wide arrange of fraudulent schemes such as the use of kickbacks to encourage physicians to prescribe drugs and medical devices that were paid for by Medicare and Medicaid, billing Medicare and the Department of Defense for services never rendered, and the request for funds from the U.S. Treasury for the provision of programs that were never properly implemented.