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When it’s time to fight for what’s right and you want to blow the whistle and just don’t know how to do it, you should speak with a whistleblower lawyer people trust, Former FBI Special Agent Jason T. Brown of Brown, LLC, Jersey City, NJ. It’s not easy doing what’s right when you know of inside information in your workplace where they’re doing things wrong. Those wrongs take many forms, like Medicare Fraud, Medicaid Fraud, overbilling, insider trading, upcoding, billing for services not rendered, tax fraud and many more types of whistleblower laws. Most people keep quiet to save their jobs, but there’s a way to secretly blow the whistle and try to make things right, so you should speak with the right whistleblower law firm to know your rights.
Whistleblowers are critical to unearthing massive frauds and its an honorable undertaking. However, if you blow the whistle the wrong way it could backfire badly resulting in retaliation, isolation at work, fired, and your case being dismissed. There’s never a guarantee you will win, but you should look to maximize your changes or prevailing.
Hiring the Right Whistleblower Attorney
Whistleblowers can pursue their cases under many different whistleblower statutes, but the main ones are: the False Claims Act (FCA), the SEC Whistleblower Program, the CFTC Whistleblower Program and the IRS Whistleblower Program.
- If you are filing a case under the False Claims Act, it is required that you have a whistleblower lawyer to represent you. The case must properly be filed under seal with the right service (not on the defendant!) with an accurate disclosure statement.
- For the SEC whistleblower program, hiring an attorney allows you to remain anonymous potentially from start to finish. The SEC only takes a handful of cases each year and writing up the SEC whistleblower complaint the most poignant way will increase your chances of success. Similarly, the CFTC whistleblower program allows the same mechanisms, and the very limited cases they take.
- The IRS whistleblower program requires very detailed concrete information essentially proving your case within the allegations and the government needs to be convinced there’s at least $2 million in damages and oftentimes much more. There are various state qui tam laws, such as Illinois, California and New York that also enable a tax whistleblower to file a state whistleblowing case.
If you’ve never done something before it’s best to consult with someone who is experienced in the craft. Most whistleblower law firms offer free consultations to guide you through the process and objectively go over with you your chances of winning.
Whistleblowers are courageous, but courage without guidance is often reckless.
If you or someone you know has information and wants to blow the whistle the right way, a whistleblower lawyer Rochester, NY relies on will work hard to make your case a success. A law firm can serve as a whistleblower hotline and offer you a free, confidential consultation and are only paid if they win your case.
Thank you to our friends and contributors at Brown, LLC for their insight into whistleblowers and how to do it successfully.