Types of Government Contracting Fraud
Our attorneys can help hold fraudulent government contractors accountable
Government fraud cases can take many forms. However, some of the most common cases involve fraudulent government contracts. If you become aware of such a contract, knowing what to do can be confusing. Even knowing what your rights or responsibilities are as a whistleblower might not be clear. That’s why it’s important to talk to an attorney who thoroughly understands how the legal system works. That’s why we want to meet with you.
Our attorneys at Brewer & Pritchard, P.C. in Houston have years of experience dealing with many different types of whistleblower cases. As a result, we know what evidence to look for and what questions to ask when investigating complex cases. That’s why we have such a strong track record of success. As your lawyer, you can count on us to thoroughly investigate your claim while respecting your privacy and the sensitivity of such cases.
What are common types of government contract fraud cases?
Throughout American history, whistleblowers have exposed billions of dollars in fraud, resulting in saving taxpayers billions of dollars in government waste. Since 1986 alone, when the False Claims Act governing government fraud was significantly revised, the American government has recovered billions of dollars in fraudulent expenditures of taxpayer money with the help of whistleblowers.
Every government fraud case has its own unique characteristics. But there are often similarities between many fraud cases. Many government contract fraud cases involve two of the most popular government programs – Medicaid and Medicare. Often referred to as healthcare fraud, these types of cases can cover a wide range. Another common type of government fraud case involves military contractor fraud. Other common types of government contracting fraud cases include:
- Price fixing among government contractors
- Selling the government defective products
- Double billing the government for the same products
- Billing the government for services not performed
- Overcharging the government for products or services
- Bribing government officials to secure government contracts
- Kickbacks to government officials in exchange for government contracts
- Paying governing officials for information in order to obtain government contract
Local, state, and federal government departments and agencies spend billions of dollars each year on government contracts. If you suspect fraud, talk to an attorney right away to learn more about your legal options and your responsibilities under the law.
How can a lawyer help a whistleblower with government contract fraud?
When you take on large government contractors, you need to be prepared for the legal repercussions of your actions. The contractor you’re accusing of fraud might deny any wrongdoing or point the finger at you. They will also likely have a lawyer on their side defending their actions or discrediting your claim.
An attorney can help you set the record straight. In certain cases, you may be able to report wrongdoing while remaining anonymous. You may also be eligible for financial compensation for reporting government fraud. However, it’s important to understand that you must be the first person to report a specific case of government fraud in order to be financially compensated for your actions. This is due to the first-to-file rule under the False Claims Act. Other rules and regulations may also apply to your specific case.
Don’t be caught off guard. Be prepared. Put the power of our law firm to work for you. We thoroughly understand government contracting fraud cases and the laws governing them. If you are represented by us, we promise to work tirelessly for you. That’s because we believe government fraud hurts everyone, and the people who expose fraud deserve to be commended for their courage.
Discover what a whistleblower attorney at our law firm can do for you. Contact us today. We respect our clients’ privacy and work discreetly on every case. Call (713) 903-2731 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule a confidential appointment with us.