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Can a Whistleblower Report Suspected Payoffs or Kickbacks by Contractors to the U.S. Government?

Experienced fraud attorneys explain what you need to know

Corruption allegations involving overseas U.S. government contracts (including payoffs and kickbacks) carry severe penalties under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. That’s why the United States government allows anyone to report such criminal activity, even if they are a civilian or do not work directly for the government contractor suspected of paying kickbacks or other financial compensation to government officials.

If you are reporting suspected payoffs or kickbacks by contractors to the U.S. government, it’s important to know that the rules regarding such violations can be extremely complicated. Many potential whistleblowers often have questions about such illegal activity. Fortunately, we have years of experience handling such cases and can provide answers. Our attorneys at Brewer & Pritchard, P.C., in Houston have decades of experience working with whistleblowers – who are legally known as relators – on such corruption cases around the world.

Frequently asked questions about kickbacks, payoffs by contractors

Some of the most frequently asked questions we have dealt with regarding kickbacks and payoffs by contractors to the U.S. government include:

Can a whistleblower report suspected payoffs or kickbacks by contractors to the U.S. government?

Yes. Anyone with first-hand knowledge of kickbacks or payoffs by contractors to the U.S. government can report such violations. Qui tam laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the False Claims Act cover government corruption.

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Can government workers report kickbacks or payoffs paid by contractors to the U.S. government?

Yes. Under the False Claims Act, government workers can report government corruption involving contractors. The False Claims Act and Whistleblower Protect Act also protect government workers from retaliation for reporting such criminal activity.

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Are whistleblowers who report kickbacks paid by government contractors compensated?

Yes. Whistleblowers often receive financial compensation as a reward for reporting government fraud. The rules for monetary rewards fall under the False Claims Act. In 1986, this federal law underwent dramatic changes, including increasing the amount of money paid to whistleblowers who report government fraud.

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Can I remain anonymous if I report kickbacks paid by government contractors?

Yes. Whistleblowers who report kickbacks and payoffs by contractors to the U.S. government can remain anonymous, provided the anonymous whistleblower hires an attorney to act on his or her behalf.

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Am I immune from prosecution if I report payoffs or kickbacks paid by government contractors to the U.S. government?

If you are actively involved in illegal activity yourself, you could be prosecuted – even if you are a whistleblower. Don’t take a chance. Call Brewer & Pritchard, P.C.

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Should I hire an attorney if I report suspected payoffs or kickbacks by contractors to the U.S. government?

Yes. By hiring a lawyer, you can discuss your legal options and make sure you protect your rights and privacy if you report kickbacks or other payoffs from contractors to U.S. government officials. These cases can be extremely complicated and raise a wide range of legal issues. That’s why it’s critical you have an experienced attorney you trust on your side.

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Foreign kickbacks, payoffs demand experienced whistleblower attorneys

Whistleblower cases or qui tam actions require highly skilled lawyers with years of training and experience. Don’t simply settle for a law firm that might know how to handle your case. Make sure you have someone who thoroughly understands the law and has a strong track record of success.

Can a whistleblower report suspected bribes paid to local officials?

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