What is a whistleblower?
Our Texas white collar criminal defense lawyers explain what you need to know
Whistleblowers – also called relators – is a legal term used to describe someone who reports allegations of fraud or corruption. The term whistleblower was created in the 1970s but the practice of someone reporting allegations of illegal activity date back much further.
In 1778, the United States enacted laws designed to protect individuals who report misconduct, fraud and other illegal activity by military officers in this country. More comprehensive laws known as the False Claims Act were created in 1863 to combat military contractor fraud during the Civil War.
The False Claims Act was revised in 1986 and several other times since then, but the guiding principle remains the same. These laws were designed to protect whistleblowers from wrongful termination. The False Claims Act also includes provisions which allow whistleblowers to financially benefit from exposing fraud or corruption. These rules and regulations are known as “qui tam” law.
Whistleblower cases can have serious legal consequences
If you or your company is under investigation because of a whistleblower complaint, it’s important to take your case seriously right from the start. If you are convicted of fraud or other similar charges, you or your business could be fined thousands of dollars and forced to pay restitution. You may even be personally sentenced to serve several years in jail.
With so much at stake, it’s critical that you talk with a white collar criminal defense lawyer who knows the law and understands how the legal system works in regard to whistleblower cases. Otherwise, you could potentially lose your business, your career or even your freedom.
Our whistleblower defense attorneys at Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley, PC can help you every step of the way. We understand how the legal system works. We have a thorough understanding of the False Claims Act and other federal and state laws governing whistleblower cases.
You have rights. Talk to a whistleblower defense attorney at our law firm.
Knowing what to do if you’re the focus of a whistleblower investigation can be overwhelming. You have so many legal options available to you. Even knowing where to start can be confusing. That’s why it’s critical you contact our law firm right away. We can guide you through all your legal options.
Our attorneys won’t tell you what to do when you contact us. We’ll listen. We’ll take the time to learn about your case. Then we’ll work with you to develop a strategy that addresses your specific legal issue. No two cases are ever exactly alike. The same should be true for whatever legal action you decide to take.
Having an experienced whistleblower defense attorney on your side can make all the difference. Discover what we can do for you. Contact Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley, PC today. Call 713-209-2950 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule a case evaluation. We represent clients nationwide.