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Government Contractor & Procurement Fraud

Today’s higher standards owe their origins to the Lincoln Law.

The Federal False Claims Act (FCA) was enacted in part because of bad mules. During the Civil War, unscrupulous defense contractors sold the Union Army decrepit horses, mules in ill health, faulty rifles and ammunition, and rancid rations. These frauds prompted President Abraham Lincoln to urge Congress to pass, in 1863, the original False Claims Act, commonly known as the Informer’s Law or the Lincoln Law.

In a nutshell, the False Claims Act made it illegal for a party to present false statements in writing (claims) to the United States government in order to obtain money or reimbursement to which the claimant was not entitled — for example, payments for sickly mules. Today, while the False Claims Act is no longer used against traitorous Union suppliers, it is still an important weapon against government fraud, including government contractor and procurement fraud.

Claims against government contractors may be brought for many different types of false or fraudulent claims:

If, for example, a government contractor misrepresented its capacity to produce what was required by the contract or misrepresented itself as a small, disadvantaged, or minority enterprise — when it was not — in order to procure a government contract, the contractor would be liable for damages under the False Claims Act.

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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