We work with whistleblowers to expose fraud against the government.

Billing for Products Not Provided

Defense contractors that knowingly bill the government for materials that have not been supplied or for materials that are defective and do not meet government specifications.

Perhaps one of the most startling, infuriating, and unfortunately, common types of fraud that defense contractors commit is knowingly providing substandard or defective products, or not providing the promised products at all, yet billing the government for them.

When the government pays a defense contractor to manufacture military equipment, the government’s goal is to have the most state-of-the-art equipment available while ensuring that the equipment is as safe as possible for the troops who use it. For this reason, government defense contracts for munitions, vehicles, other equipment, and even clothing often contain specifications regarding the materials and component parts used in the product’s manufacture.

Defense contractors are bound to provide the goods and services promised under the terms of the contract. But too often, they cut corners by using inferior materials and component parts and do not report this fact to the government. In some cases, contractors fail to provide adequate quality control and testing of the products that they manufacture. This results in inferior and defective products and services that they then sell to the government anyway.

Unless caught and prosecuted for defense contract fraud, defense contractors stand to illegally profit from selling substandard goods and services to the military at the expense of taxpayers. Even worse, such defective products can compromise soldiers’ safety.

Such defense contractor fraud on the government is unacceptable. Whistleblowers who are aware of such outrageous misconduct can save the government potentially millions of taxpayer dollars and possibly help protect the safety of our troops overseas by bringing a False Claims Act case on behalf of the government. Whistleblowers are entitled to a portion of any settlement or recovery that the government collects.

Whistleblowers who reveal the sale of defective and nonconforming goods to the military help save taxpayer dollars and may even help to prevent unnecessary harm to those who serve our country. False Claims Act cases bring such wrongdoing to light and ultimately help to preserve the integrity of American military operations.

How Waters Kraus & Paul can help whistleblowers

With a national presence and in-depth experience fighting fraud against the government, Waters Kraus & Paul, LLP, provides aggressive representation of whistleblowers in qui tam actions and related complaints. The firm currently represents whistleblowers seeking to recover funds on behalf of the federal and state governments in a variety of cases, which may involve defendants such as large pharmaceutical companies, government contractors, school district contractors, and hospice and nursing home care providers.

To learn more about qui tam representation at Waters Kraus & Paul, or to have one of our attorneys review your potential case, email us or call 800.226.9880.

What is Qui Tam?

Under the Federal False Claims Act (FCA), whistleblowers have the power to save taxpayers billions of dollars each year by taking a stand against fraud. The U.S. False Claims Act allows private citizens to file suits on the government’s behalf when the government has been defrauded through any federally funded contract or program. The qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act allow these citizens to recover damages. A number of states and the city of Chicago also have laws similar to the False Claims Act to protect against fraud. To learn more about the different types of fraud … READ MORE

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