A whistleblower is someone who lets an organization know about fraud or illegal behavior. When it comes to whistleblower law, most of the cases pertain to whistleblowing to the United States government about people who are committing fraud and stealing money or goods from the government. The False Claims Act helps to protect the whistleblower, while also providing them with an award for coming forward. If you are ready to blow the whistle on illegal activity occurring, you may wonder how a whistleblower lawyer can help you. Here are three of the ways they can help you if you have a viable claim.
Filing the Case Under Seal With the U.S. Attorney
If you have a viable whistleblower claim, or claim under The False Claims Act, a whistleblower lawyer will file your case with a U.S. attorney under seal. A whistleblower lawyer does not prosecute the case. They simply bring it to the attention of a U.S. attorney, who prosecutes cases on behalf of the United States government. By filing your case under seal, it means that your name, address, and other identifying information are being kept confidential. Many informants worry about retaliation, so filing under seal helps to protect you and your family.
Preparing You to Provide Evidence and Testify
As a whistleblower, you may have evidence that will be needed to prosecute the parties you are filing an allegation or claim against. Depending on the specifics of the case, you may be able to confidentially testify or you may be asked to provide the evidence you have to the U.S. attorney so they can present it as part of their court case. Either way, a whistleblower lawyer will help you prepare for court or help hand over the evidence you have that the U.S. attorney needs.
Helping You Recover the Money You are Entitled To
When you turn in a party committing illegal acts against the government, you are entitled to an award. The award is typically a percentage of the amount of money that is recovered due to the illegal activity but can vary based on the specifics of the case. A whistleblower lawyer will work with the U.S. attorney to help you get any award money you are entitled to.
A whistleblower lawyer can help you in many ways if you are looking to file a claim under The False Claims Act. One of the first things that this type of lawyer will do is ensure you have a viable case. If you do, they can help you to file the case while protecting your identity, help to prepare you to testify, and help you to recover any money you may be entitled to as part of your award for turning in the illegal activity.