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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

Houston Doctor Settles Medicare Fraud Charges for $1.5M

October 13, 2017 The former president of a leading medical association agrees to resolve whistleblower allegations of False Claims Act violations and Medicare fraud. HOUSTON — A lawsuit brought by a whistleblower nurse alleging 7.5 years of Medicare fraud committed by Houston doctor…

Gary Paul, Michael Armitage & Scott Frost Named on 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers List

February 13, 2018 Waters Kraus & Paul partners selected to appear in 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine Gary Paul, Michael Armitage, and Scott Frost, partners at Waters Kraus & Paul, have each respectively been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers list as featured in special sections of The New York Times and The Los Angeles Magazine. This is a special honor in that the list is comprised of only five percent of attorneys in Southern California. About Southern California Super Lawyers Super Lawyers® is a publication of Thompson Reuters and uses a patented multi-phase process to recognize only…
Waters Kraus & Paul attorneys included in Super Lawyers List 2018

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